Entering her sophomore year, Destiny was ditching class, not doing her work, and getting into a lot of trouble at school. She knew she was headed down the wrong path, but she didn’t feel motivated to change because no one was holding her accountable.

“I went to a huge high school with thousands of students,” she said. “I felt like I was just a number. I was doing things I wasn’t supposed to because I knew no one was paying attention. I didn’t care about being at school.

Once a good student, Destiny let her grades hit rock bottom because she no longer viewed school as a learning environment. Instead, she saw it as a place to socialize.

“School was just a place where I could see my friends, then leave,” she said. “I had no respect and didn’t value getting an education.”

Like many teenagers, Destiny also made poor choices regarding her health and diet. But for her, unhealthy eating habits led to dire consequences due to her diabetes. At one point, her blood sugar was so high that she had to be hospitalized.

All of this put a strain on her relationship with her mother, who had a full house under her care, including Destiny’s brother, sister, and cousins.

“Things weren’t great between my mom and I,” Destiny said. “There was a lack of communication on both ends. There were things I needed to tell her, but we had to build trust, and trust was something we didn’t have at that moment.”

Desperate for a solution, her mother searched for options until she settled on one that felt right—Mercy Home. Destiny knew she needed an outlet where she felt supported, so she agreed to move in.

“I was nervous because coming to Mercy Home was such a big step. It was a different journey, but I needed to take it,” she said.

Right away, the Mercy Home team helped Destiny change her habits and lifestyle to keep her diabetes in check.

“School is very important to me now—I view it as a priority”

They helped me set goals to eat healthy foods and become healthier all around so I could become a better person,” she said.

With her physical health under control, Destiny felt better and more energetic, which gave her space to concentrate on her mental health.

“I talked with Mercy Home staff about problems I never realized I needed to deal with,” she said. “Whether it’s how to process my emotions or how to budget money, I feel like I have someone in every aspect of my life to help, including the girls I live with. We’re all very close. We all come together and connect to help each other out.”

Destiny says this network of care and communication has led to big changes in her life.

“Now I’m more open to listening to other people and learning about new situations,” she said. “That’s important because there are so many people who can teach you things beyond the knowledge you have.”

This newfound openness has done wonders for the relationship between Destiny and her mother.

“It took a lot for me to learn things on my own, and for her to do her own healing,” she said. “Now we’re able to have conversations.”

With her head and health on the right track, and a more positive perspective on her future, Destiny channeled her energy back into her education. Mercy Home helped her enroll in a smaller school where individual attention helped her thrive.

“I’m so thankful for Mercy Home because they believed in me at a time when I did not believe in myself,” … “They saw greatness in me when I didn’t see it. Thanks to them, I learned to love myself. Mercy Home helped me transform into the person I was always supposed to be.”

“School is very important to me now—I view it as a priority,” said Destiny, now a senior in high school. “I’m trying to graduate and get a full ride to college—things I never cared about. Now I value my education.”

With her sights set on the University of Wisconsin, Destiny intends to double major in fashion design and fashion merchandising. Meanwhile, she’s full of gratitude for everyone who helped her make such an impressive turnaround, especially good friends like you.

“I’m so thankful for Mercy Home because they believed in me at a time when I did not believe in myself,” Destiny said. “They saw greatness in me when I didn’t see it. Thanks to them, I learned to love myself. Mercy Home helped me transform into the person I was always supposed to be.”

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