In the year and a half Megan’s House has been open, it has made a difference in the lives, and often times saved the lives, of many young women. Turns out a connection to Megan Grover herself is largely responsible for the most recent success story.
Earlier this week, a young woman named Nicole became the latest resident to graduate from the residential treatment program and told how a chance encounter helped guide her to Megan’s House to begin the process of turning her life around.
Nicole had been struggling to overcome addiction for many years, spending much of her time in the court system. “My life became meaningless,” she told the hushed room. “I felt betrayed, deserving of unconditional love but giving none in return.”
Nicole’s journey eventually brought her in contact with a clinician who, at a troubled point in her own life, had been in a treatment center with Megan Grover, for whom Megan’s House is named. The clinician told Nicole about their time together and pointed her in the direction of Megan’s House.
After an early adjustment period, Nicole settled in and put in the necessary work to begin her recovery, in the process becoming an example for the other young women to follow.
“You’re exactly the woman I want to be,” said one resident to the new graduate. “A beautiful person and a true friend there for all of us.”
Another touching moment came when Nicole’s mother thanked the staff and her “newfound daughters,” as she referred to the other residents in the room.
“You’re the only reason I came here,” replied Nicole as mother and daughter shared a long embrace. “This place fixed our relationship.”
This place, as Nicole referred to it, has accomplished much in a short period of time. 19 young women have now graduated from the program and the 22 still living there have hope for the first time in a long time. They have a roof over their head, a nurturing environment in which to grow, and a guardian angel named Megan watching over them.
Sometimes, that angel even makes the connection that saves a life.