Joelle’s Story

The bald spots dotting Joelle’s* head were an outward sign of her inner turmoil. Sixteen-year-old Joelle was so wracked with anxiety, she’d taken to pulling out her hair by the handful. Joelle’s mother left Oklahoma to find work; her father was in and out of jail. Joelle moved in with her great aunt, but couldn’t keep…

Sean’s Story

When Sean* was served divorce papers, he was hurt – and then he got angry. Really, really angry. Sean used a baseball bat to shatter every window and headlight in his wife’s car. But he didn’t stop there. Sean kicked in the front door of his home and went after his brother-in-law with the bat.…

Garrett, “Normal” Again

Garrett’s* life was ruled by fear. It hadn’t always been that way, but then Garrett’s parents got divorced when he was 4. A few months later, he was sexually abused by a caregiver. Things spiraled downward for several years after that. When Garrett first came in for treatment, he was about to enter middle school. His…

Marilyn’s Story

Marilyn* was 53 years old when we first got to know her. Marilyn was single and unemployed, but her biggest concern was her 32-year-old son, Jason. Jason had a serious medical condition and a mountain of medical bills. Marilyn, though, had a sure-fire plan to get Jason out of debt. She’d kill herself. You see,…

Friends are like quilts

Friends are like quilts. They never lose their warmth. A warm THANK YOU to our friends at Fellowship Lutheran Church for their continued generosity towards the Early Childhood Program at FCS. This time, 100 quilts will bring much warmth during the cold weather. This time, 100 quilts will bring much warmth during the cold weather.