In the eight months since Megan’s House opened its doors, tremendous strides have been made.
There are currently 22 women between the ages of 18-26 living in the house. The program’s first graduation took place May 5, 2016. The second graduation is scheduled for June 16, a ceremony Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito is scheduled to attend.
The Lt. Governor has been a leading voice for Megan’s House, attending the home’s soft opening September 30th, 2015 and closely following the progress of its residents, while being a strong advocate on Beacon Hill for our mission. Her support, along with that of our local State House delegation, has been instrumental in the initial success of the program and in setting the stage for the next steps that will help establish the Megan’s House Foundation as a model to be followed not only locally, but on a regional and national level.
Besides graduations, there are many other positive developments to report. Among them;
- One resident currently attending UMass-Lowell
- Two residents currently attending Middlesex Community College
- Three residents have passed their HiSet (High School Equivalency) exams
- Two residents in the process of completing their HiSET requirements
- One resident taking Driver’s Education courses
These are important steps in the recovery process, as the young women continue to grow and prepare to lead independent lives after leaving Megan’s House. Program Director Mary Beth Murphy and her staff have done a tremendous job overseeing the process. A special thank you goes out to Middlesex Community College for providing volunteer tutors for the residents working on their HiSet.
The Megan’s House Foundation, the staff, volunteers, our community partners, generous donors and especially the residents have worked together to make a difference. There is much to be proud of, and much more still to come.