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Author: Kamaria Clifton

Spring Time At FCS

I love spring time at FCS! It is enjoyable because we are located within walking distance to the park, farmers market, green way and shops. This gives us many of opportunities to go on little adventures.

Its easy to tell someone “Eat vegetables! Go on walks!” It’s much more effective, however, to go on the walks together.

Today was an excellent example of doing instead of telling. Staff and clients walked to the local farmers market together and talked about healthy eating choices. We were able to discuss weekend menu planning and try to think of creative new recipes. It was a fantastic learning experience about being healthy without the usual nagging.

It was delightful to finally be able to enjoy Charlotte after being cooped up for the winter, and the residents and staff at FCS all agree.
Photo: Story #87 Spring Time At FCS I love spring time at FCS! It is enjoyable because we are located within walking distance to the park, farmers market, green way and shops. This gives us many of opportunities to go on little adventures. Its easy to tell someone “Eat vegetables! Go on walks!” It’s much more effective, however, to go on the walks together. Today was an excellent example of doing instead of telling. Staff and clients walked to the local farmers market together and talked about healthy eating choices. We were able to discuss weekend menu planning and try to think of creative new recipes. It was a fantastic learning experience about being healthy without the usual nagging. It was delightful to finally be able to enjoy Charlotte after being cooped up for the winter, and the residents and staff at FCS all agree.

Today we pass along words of wisdom from influential and inspirational women.

Pearl Bailey: “No one can figure out your worth but you”.

Mother Teresa: “Its not what you take but what you leave behind that defines greatness”.

Oprah Winfrey: “There is no paycheck that can equal the feeling of contentment that comes from being the person you are meant to be”.

Lena Horne: “Its not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it”.

Nancy Reagan: “A woman is like a teabag. You never know her strength until you drop her in hot water”.

Zelda Fitzgerald: “Nobody has ever measure, not even poets, how much the heart can hold”.

Lauren Bacall” “Imagination is the highest kite one can fly”.

Eleanor Roosevelt: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their
dreams”.

Marva Collins: “Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have”.

Congratulations is in order for Bl!!! She welcomed her baby boy into our world this morning at 10:33 (thank goodness, she waited until after she took her CNA re-certification exam, which she took yesterday morning)! He weighed in at 6 lbs., 8 oz., with a length of 19 inches. Although mom had some minor complications in the midst of delivering, all is now well with both of them.

Even though B was a fairly not-too-difficult client, she had many, many skills that needed enhancing, which we, as staff, all persevered in helping her with. She completed many of her goals (graduating from a substance abuse treatment program at Mercy Horizons, completing her CNA re-certification exam, being on the highest phase/level-Responsibility/Tuma Dala, being employed as the Resident Donations Coordinator, etc., etc., to name a few), as she demonstrated her ability to progress and grow, while residing here.

A BIG thank you to EVERYONE who had a hand in all that B accomplished and learned while she was a client of FCS.

Thanks,

LilyAnn

Maternity Program Case Manager

6 weeks after her 13th birthday, F became pregnant by her boyfriend, a 17 year-old unemployed high school drop out. F’s own mother was a young woman who died before F was one year old and F’s father was incarcerated about 12 years ago, and remains in prison. F has lived with her grandmother most of her life. Her grandmother was upset about the pregnancy, and concerned because F had shown disruptive behavior in school, was involved in several physical fights at school, and had a poor attitude both at home and at school.

F was admitted to FCS during the summer, and was enrolled in the 7th grade to start school in the fall. Keeping F in school was a priority. Although F was occasionally challenging with regard to going to school, she did begin to attend school on a daily basis. Medical care is another huge priority for a pregnant child, and FCS staff was especially diligent in making sure that F went to all of her medical appointments and received all prenatal care.

F often had to be re-directed by staff because of her negative behavior. She became easily upset and angry; however, over time she learned to interact more appropriately with her peers and staff. She responded very well to the Mentor who was provided by the FCS Volunteer Coordinator and to opportunities to be one-on-one with staff. She particularly seemed to enjoy working with staff on specific projects. F was a resident in the Maternity Program at FCS for 6 months, when she delivered a healthy baby boy weighing 7 lbs and 3 oz. She was discharged with the baby to her Grandmother. F is currently being followed up through FCS’s aftercare program, and is doing very well.

F is a perfect example of the challenging situation our clients are in. Pregnancy alone is difficult, but add in the numerous overwhelming variables our residents face, and it is easy to see how important FCS is in their lives. We provide a safe place for our clients to get their lives on track. We enable them to prepare for a solid, productive, and healthy future.

A poem written by a former resident regarding our lovely FCS rose garden.

Just one rose given
Says you’re special
You’re in my prayers

Just one rose given
Says you’re not alone
I’m here, for you I care

Just one rose given
Says don’t give up,
Because I haven’t given up on you

Just one rose given
Says and means
More than you ever knew

Just one rose given
Changes the outlook
Of one’s day

It brings a smile
It brings joy
It bring gratitude
And so we say…

Thank you
For thinking of us
Some of us need
More people like you

Thank you
For our own piece of heaven
A garden
In full bloom

Thank you for
Being there for us
Even though we couldn’t see

You were like
The wizard of oz
A puppeteer pulling
Strings

Thank you
For your dedication
And everything
That you do

Thank you
For this
Beautiful rose garden

But mostly Mrs. Lib
We thank God
Every day for you

J. is a one of the first clients that came to Legacy Hall when it first opened. Working on obtaining independence, she was having difficulties in placements in foster care because she was needing to be taught skills to move on her own. J came to Legacy Hall and was aided in honing her grocery shopping skills as well as learning to schedule and maintain doctor’s appointments on her own as well as making better grades in her college classes. Staff eventually helped her to look for an apartment in a neighboring county, and she was able to move in within a few months, having saved enough money to maintain for a few months. Since moving out, client continued in school and improved her grades the following semester, got a job at local department store and has since gotten married. She is living in a nice two bedroom apartment with her husband and is soon expecting their first child.

What did J learn from the program at Legacy Hall?

·How to build a credit score and how bad it can be once you get bad credit.

·I learned the value of time.

·I finally learned how to look for an apartment.

·I have resisted peer pressure even at the cost of friendship.

·I improved my relationship with my mother by finally accepting the role she plays.

·I got my driver’s license (my first step towards independence.): Courage: I was scared to drive or ever be on the road alone.

·I learned how to put together a support team and not run away from those who care about you. “don’t burn bridges”.

Florence Crittenton has been a great deal to me and my baby girl. I appreciate all the staff that took the time out to cater to my everyday needs. Although it was a rough and stressful start, it has gotten much better then what I had expected. Thanks for providing me with a service that can’ go without recognition. I’m going to miss everyone that took part in my pregnancy journey, which seemed like a long time. While my stay here I managed to accomplish housing, education, a job, and responsibility. Thanks to Florence Crittenton, I have the confidence to complete any task I put my mind to. It’s been a great experience and another chapter that was added, and I can’t wait to tell my story.

*Client’s name and Personal information have been changed in order to protect client”s identification.

Sarah Jones was admitted into Florence Crittenton Services for therapeutic care for a period of four months. At the time of admission, Sarah was in her twenties, three months pregnant, unemployed, without housing, and without a high school diploma or GED. Sarah became quickly acclimated to the structure and programming of FCS. She easily transitioned into becoming a positive community member while in residence and a strong peer support. Sarah would often participate in positive dialogue with her peers and if needed, redirect them but not without rendering positive, thought provoking commentary to allow her peers to ponder responsibly about decision making, attitude, and overall life goals. Sarah came into the program with little resources but maximized all resources afforded to her through FCS. She maintained consistency in meeting with her FCS social worker weekly to work toward securing stable housing, attending and participating in agency programs, groups, and other supportive services offered. Within the first week of her residency, she was able to secure her state I.D., which she needed in order to pursue any additional goals that she’d established upon acceptance into the program. She utilized the vocational/educational support services to research the criterion needed to acquire her GED and quickly enrolled into a local GED program within two weeks of her residency. Once she started the GED program she was very diligent and consistent with her attendance and maintained a positive attitude toward not only completing her program but excelling in the program. While attending school, Sarah continued working with vocational supportive services provided by FCS which included attending several job fairs, completing many job applications, and attending numerous job interviews. After six weeks as a resident in the FCS maternity program, Sarah received a call to interview for yet another job and after completing her interview, she was offered employment the same day and accepted a full-time position with a local retail store. Sarah discharged from the FCS maternity program after securing an apartment, a full-time job, and enrolling and participating in a GED program.

Today’s story is to dedicated one of Florence Crittenton’s most exceptional employees, Mrs. Judith Lisenby. She has faithfully worked for FCS for the past 27 years, and is now retiring. Her dedication and commitment to FCS manifests itself every day when she arrives before 7am, after having already purchased numerous supplies and ensured we are up and running efficiently. She has sacrificed countless hours and energy to ensure the success of our program, and is a testimony to our mission. FCS is about mothers, supporting them, sheltering them, and loving them, and Judith has been the mother of Florence Crittenton Services for a very long time. She has made sure our residents are warm at night, had food on their table, and clothes on their backs. Because of, Judith, so many residents lives have been changed. Her love of FCS shines through every day, and I count it as an honor to have worked along side her. You will be incredibly missed!
Photo: Story #71

Today's story is to honor one of Florence Crittenton's most exceptional employees, Mrs. Judith Lisenby.  She has faithfully worked for FCS for the past 27 years, and is now retiring.  Her dedication and commitment to FCS manifests itself every day when she arrives before 7am, after having already purchased numerous supplies and ensured we are up and running efficiently.  She has sacrificed countless hours and energy to ensure the success of our program, and is a testimony to our mission.  FCS is about mothers, supporting them, sheltering them, and loving them, and Judith has been the mother of Florence Crittenton Services for a very long time.  She has made sure our residents are warm at night, had food on their table, and clothes on their backs.  Because of, Judith, so many residents lives have been changed.  Her love of FCS shines through every day, and I count it as an honor to have worked along side her.  You will be incredibly missed!