The latest Megan’s House ceremony proved to be a family affair, as the newest graduate of the program said thank you to staff and residents in another emotional gathering on October 27th.
A young woman named Lexi, with her Grandfather and 5-year old daughter by her side, exchanged warm thoughts with the ladies who had been her housemates for most of 2016.
“I lied to you, stole from you and made you take care of my daughter,” a teary-eyed Lexi told her grandfather, a former police and probation officer. “But you’ve always been there. You never let me down.”
For his part, the gentleman who came to be known as “Papa” to all Megan’s House residents, congratulated everyone in the room for the positive steps they’ve taken to overcome addiction.
“She wouldn’t have made it without you,” Papa told staff and residents. “There’s hope. That’s what you have to remember. Take short steps, not big ones.”
Lexi also spoke of being sober for more than six months for the first time in a very long time. That sobriety has allowed her to be a part of her daughter’s life again, something for which she thanked Megan’s House.
“I can be a mother now,” the young woman said.
Lexi’s farewell brings the total number of Megan House graduates to an even dozen. Two more are scheduled to complete the program over the next week. And while the touching ceremonies often feel like goodbyes, they really aren’t.
A former resident and graduate named Amy has returned numerous times to touch base with staff, visit friends or simply to hang out. As her presence at Lexi’s graduation ceremony proves; at Megan’s House, you can always come home.