Significant Strides

By Kathleen Morton, Lydia Place Case Manager

Marie sits on her couch reflecting on the time she has spent in Lydia Place’s Supportive Services program over the years. She speaks of recent moments of bonding with her child on a deeper level recently that she has never been able to do in past with the support of Parent Child Interaction Therapy; expressing gratitude for these special moments that she has with her two children.

Marie has worked incredibly hard over the past few years to ensure that her children are well cared for. Not only does she work closely with doctors to address challenging behaviors but with the children’s counselors. With support of Lydia Place’s Parents as Teachers (PAT) program, Marie’s advocacy for her child, and the support of the school, her children have the support they need to find success in learning as well as in the home.

She has said many times that her children are her reason for staying sober. Marie takes an active role in her recovery and has been clean for 9 years. This past fall, she began the prerequisites for the Chemical Dependency Professional Program at WCC fulfilling her dream of higher education and financial security for her family.

Marie has made significant strides in financial stability; working on budgets, accessing resources when needed, paying off past debts and building her credit.

Marie vision for her family is to give her children the opportunities that she never had growing up in a safe home where they did not have to be put in compromising situations. When she graduates from our program, she hopes to find a home with a back yard for her children to play.