There was nobody in Ryan’s life who cared that he was struggling so much…

During Ryan’s first year of high school, he failed every single one of his classes. He was told by his guidance counselor that he would have to repeat the ninth grade.

This news was bad, of course. But what made it worse was that there was nobody in Ryan’s life who cared that he was struggling so much.

Ryan spent most of his life with his mother. But she became addicted to drugs, and eventually lost custody of him. After that, Ryan was sent to stay with his dad, who he barely knew.

Life with his mom had been unpredictable. Sometimes she would disappear for days at a time, and other times she would bring strange men into their home to stay with them. When Ryan was sent to live with his father, he hoped things would be better.

Instead, Ryan was met with disappointment. His dad seemed to view him as an unwelcome guest.

Because of all the upheaval in his life, Ryan had never gotten very good grades at school. He struggled with reading and had a difficult time with math. His mother was never interested in helping him, and the teachers at his school were too overwhelmed with students who misbehaved to give him extra help.

Ryan could have been just another kid who slipped through the cracks, had his guidance counselor not stepped in. She knew that Ryan had been removed from his mother’s home, and recent conversations with Ryan made it clear that he wasn’t receiving the support he needed at his dad’s home.

She decided to tell Ryan about Mercy Home. And after learning more about our Home, he decided to give it a try.

At first, being here was a struggle. Ryan wasn’t used to having a schedule and having to set aside time for things like homework or chores. And as an only child, it was hard for him to adjust to living with the other boys.

Ryan began to realize that the coworkers at Mercy Home really cared about him. They were interested in hearing about his day and helping him with any problems he had. For the first time in his life, Ryan felt like he was part of a family who cared about him.

But as time passed, Ryan began to realize that the coworkers at Mercy Home really cared about him. They were interested in hearing about his day and helping him with any problems he had. For the first time in his life, Ryan felt like he was part of a family who cared about him.

With this realization, Ryan decided to put his all into turning his life around. He began working with his tutors to start getting caught up in school. He felt comfortable opening up more to his therapist and the other boys at Mercy Home, who understood his struggles. And as he begins the upcoming school year, he feels confident—not hopeless—about his future.

Because of friends like you, Mercy Home is able to help many children just like Ryan overcome life’s struggles and look to bright, successful futures. Thank you for making all the difference in their lives!

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  1. Deborah says:

    Ryan, as the saying goes: “it takes a village to raise a child”; I am glad I can be part of that village to help “raise” you. With the love and help of your teachers and Father Scott, YOU WILL SUCCEED!!!!!!
    Continue to know that the Heavenly Father has you covered by His love; the Heavenly Brother walks beside you, the Holy Spirit helps you make the right decision and the Heavenly Mother holds you in Her arms; They do this each and every day.
    Just remember the words of the song: “The Greatest Love of All” is about you!!!! YOU ARE A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN!!

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  2. Sr.Lucille Blais says:

    I felt for Ryan at first but I knew he would turn the page at Mercy Home. I was so happy that he did and realized he was loved. God bless you, Ryan, may you go far in life and always remember that Mercy Home “loved you into life.”

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  1. Deborah says:

    Ryan, as the saying goes: “it takes a village to raise a child”; I am glad I can be part of that village to help “raise” you. With the love and help of your teachers and Father Scott, YOU WILL SUCCEED!!!!!!
    Continue to know that the Heavenly Father has you covered by His love; the Heavenly Brother walks beside you, the Holy Spirit helps you make the right decision and the Heavenly Mother holds you in Her arms; They do this each and every day.
    Just remember the words of the song: “The Greatest Love of All” is about you!!!! YOU ARE A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN!!

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  2. Sr.Lucille Blais says:

    I felt for Ryan at first but I knew he would turn the page at Mercy Home. I was so happy that he did and realized he was loved. God bless you, Ryan, may you go far in life and always remember that Mercy Home “loved you into life.”

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