Another challenge that arose from her grandmother’s illness was money. Her grandma was on a fixed income, and her long list of medications cut severely into the household budget. Things became tight. In order to help her grandmother save money, Ava didn’t mention that her shoes were getting a little too small or that the sleeves on her winter jacket were now a bit too short. And when the strap on her school bag ripped, she started carrying her books in a plastic grocery bag instead.
Ava’s grandmother’s illness became so severe that she had to be admitted to the hospital. Ava was afraid to stay home alone. And she was worried about her grandmother.
A social worker at the hospital quickly caught onto their family situation. She recommended Mercy Home to Ava and her grandmother, explaining that it would be a safe place for Ava to stay and receive the support she needed. Ava didn’t like the idea at first. She was worried about her grandmother and who would take care of her if she wasn’t around all the time.
Ava’s grandmother convinced her to at least visit Mercy Home before making a decision. Ava agreed.
Despite her determination not to like our Home, a visit quickly changed her mind. She liked the campus and all the coworkers she met on her visit. And she was intrigued by the many things Mercy Home offered, like tutors, therapists, and having someone around to help at any time of day.
After talking it over with her grandmother, Ava decided she wanted to move into Mercy Home. She was reassured that our coworkers provided her grandmother with resources to help her while Ava was at Mercy Home. Her biggest worry was that her grandmother would suffer while she was gone.
After moving in, it took Ava a little bit of time to adjust to everything. She had never lived with anyone around her own age before. Sometimes things were louder and busier than she was used to. But she quickly settled in and began taking advantage of everything Mercy Home offered.
Ava was embarrassed about how much her grades had slipped over the past year. With the help of her tutors, she was able to keep better track of her assignments, and worked hard to get her grades up.
But the most helpful thing was the time Ava spent with her therapist. She finally had someone to open up to about how much she missed her mother. She had kept that from her grandmother, mistakenly believing it would hurt her feelings to know that sometimes she wished she could grow up with her mom around. She also shared how much stress and anxiety she felt when her grandmother got sick. It felt like a weight was lifted off her shoulders.