Since opening its doors last Fall, Megan’s House has seen its share of major events, influential visitors and life-changing moments. However, the best of times, by far, continue to be the days when a resident completes the program and graduates to the next step in her growth.
Thursday June 30th was one of those days, when after 7 months at Megan’s House, a young woman named Karen became the second graduate of the program. Joined by her mother and sister, Karen thanked the staff and residents for helping her on her journey.
“I loved being here. You taught me to love myself,” Karen told the residents during a ceremony filled with plenty of laughter and tears.
As the graduate and the other young women exchanged memories and well-wishes, it became clear Karen had left her mark at the home, serving as a role model with her commitment to recovery and education. “Together we grow” was a common theme of those interactions.
And as was the case with the program’s first graduate, Jess, the most touching moment came when Karen’s mother repeated the nearly identical phrase Jess’ father uttered less than two months ago; “thank you for getting my daughter back.”
The young graduate even plans a sleepover next week when the residents take a group field trip to Canobie Lake Park. Maintaining communication and friendships is an integral part of the recovery process for those who complete the program and transition to the next phase of their growth.
The success stories don’t end here. In July, four more young women will graduate from Megan’s House. They too, will leave something in the “collage of inspiration,” a framed wall mounting with a little memento from each of the residents who’ve moved on to the next phase.
Karen, like Jess before her, leaves behind a handprint, perhaps lending a helping hand for those who hope to follow in her footsteps.