A Word From Our Education Coordinator
I have witnessed some incredible stories at the Bethlehem Center.
One story dear to my heart is about a student named Terrica.Terrica is enrolled in our Read to Lead Academy, because her foster mother believes that the Beth is a safe and enriching environment for Terrica to grow in.Right now Terrica’s mother is struggling to recover from addiction and homelessness which keeps her from providing Terrica with a stable home.A few months ago, Terrica started to act out because of her frustration over the custody battle with her mom.
"I don’t want Terrica to feel like it’s her behavior that is keeping her from going home."
Her foster mom asked me to write a statement about Terrica’s attitude towards the uncertainty of her life.I was pleased that Terrica’s foster mom thought so much about me and my relationship with Terrica.I don’t want Terrica to feel like it’s her behavior that is keeping her from going home. I want her to feel grounded and for the uncertainty in her world to be removed.
"We become a part of their village and provide a safe-haven..."
I share this piece of Terrica’s story because it is an example of the role we play in the lives of so many families here at the Bethlehem center.We build relationships with children and their parents through programs like the Read to Lead Academy and the Bethlehem Leadership Unit. We become a part of their village and provide a safe-haven where they can be nurtured, encouraged, and loved.