Amber's story

Young woman with red hair smiles at the camera.

I had no idea what I was going to type when I first sat down at my computer tonight.

I had no idea where to start, I only knew my intention and that is to write something that would help you understand what I felt and how you changed my view on the world. I wrote and then deleted…and wrote and then deleted and I eventually wrote something that I think will get my message across.

I wish you could see the memories that surface inside my brain at random moments…the memories that cause me to think of you and feel so grateful for everything I have today.

When I have so much on my mind I find it a struggle to focus on a single train of thought; I make myself a coffee, sit outside in the sun and remember my many conversations with Glenda.

When I accomplish something that others said I couldn't; I remember the strength all of Cara's beautiful ladies gave me and hope that I have made them proud.

With every new person I meet, I find myself wondering what their "story" is… and how did they get here today?

I guess I’ve really had to ask myself the same questions over the years and it always comes back to you.

I want to say thank you for being there when I needed a shoulder to lean on, for patiently listening to the troubles of my teenage mind. I just want you to know how happy I am to have had you all in my life, and I count myself lucky every day for that. Thank you for the love and the joy you gave to me. You've changed my life, and I count you as part of my family.

You taught me how to handle life seriously; you taught me how to solve my problems and to face them without any fear. And with a little more life experience, mistakes and triumphs, I have no fears; I don't have a single one anymore!

Cara has emotionally adopted so many children who didn’t have the home life they deserved. You did your best to give them the love and protection they should have been getting from their family homes. You didn’t sit back and sigh and think, “The world is such a sad place. But what can be done?”

No, you did something about it. You made their lives better and brighter.

And that’s exactly what you did for me. Because without you I wouldn't have even imagined that I could accomplish so much; first a hair dressing apprenticeship, and now senior management in one of the country's biggest companies. I may not be living the biggest of dreams, but I'm living mine, and that’s all I ever wanted.

As adults we walk around with views and opinions as if we were just born with them or came up with them on our own…. but, when I stop to think really hard about it, I know my open mindedness and ability to accept people’s differences came from all of you who helped me on my journey. The desire to give back and help others: that came from you, too. And so did the belief in myself, and what I’m capable of.

We don’t come out of the womb fully formed with a set destination in life. The people we choose to let in; past those emotional barricades - mold us into who we become. The decisions we make in life are our own, and we can change ANYTHING if we want it bad enough! This was something I didn't understand when I first walked in the door of Morgan House. I thank you for giving me higher values, compassion, open mindedness, and drive to be a better person.

Don't ever stop doing what you do. Your work is much more important than you'll ever know!

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