I want people to know that I am kind. I am caring. I will always listen to someone if they ever have a problem. I will be there.
I’ve been working for Federation for 5 years. I was a member of the Patchogue PROS program and they helped me get a job here. Before that, it was bad. I was homeless, living in the woods until a police officer spotted me and took me to a shelter. I lived there for a year. From the shelter, I went to Concern and lived there and that’s when I started coming to Federation. At the time I was depressed…deeply depressed. I was so down on myself and I didn’t think I would ever work again. It took me five years with one therapist and at first I would go there and literally cry. She would listen to me and let me cry. She would always tell me I’m not worthless. She was trying to boost my confidence but I couldn’t accept it at the time. I had a bad life- I had survived abuse and bad relationships. It took me 5 years to get to this point, but now, I feel great about myself. I can work. I am worth it! I don’t put myself down anymore. I met my husband, the love of my life, and I am a good wife. PROS helped me gain confidence. It helped me learn to be around people. I was always so self-conscious and I thought people were always talking about me. PROS helped me realize that no one is talking about me– I was putting all of that on myself. I am so glad that I came to Federation. They were there for me. They would listen no matter what and they always had time for me. Here, I learned to put myself first–to do things that I want to do and to stop being a follower. I love working here.
Keep your head up and depend on your support team. Keep moving forward and don’t move back. Things are going to happen don’t let them become bigger than what they are. Keep yourself first.