Despite her problems at home, Karen was a gifted student. Her assignments were neat, organized,and her teachers agreed that she was one of the most articulate children they had ever taught. She loved to write and possessed a unique ability to paint a picture with her words. Through her stories, she created a new life for herself – the life she’d always dreamed of.
Though her work was immaculate, there were times when Karen’s assignments were never handed in at all. And when her teachers asked her why, she sometimes talked back and received detention.
Karen felt trapped by her situation. She didn’t have any family nearby she could rely on, and she was jealous of her friends whose parents took care of them. She wanted to live the same carefree life her friends seemed to be living.
One afternoon while sitting in math class, Karen was called down to the principal’s office. Though she’d been there before, something felt different this time. When the principal delivered the news, Karen was not surprised.
Her mother had been found earlier that day unconscious in her car. She had experienced a drug overdose, and fortunately, the paramedics were able to keep her alive. Knowing that her mother was in the hospital, Karen immediately felt relief. She knew that something would have to change after this incident, and she was hopeful that her mother would finally get help.
Karen eventually met with a social worker who told her about Mercy Home, but she was hesitant. She felt responsible for her brother and did not want to be separated from him. The social worked assured Karen that her brother would have a safe place to stay in a home that specialized in caring for young children. And when Karen found out she and her brother could continue going to the same school together, she agreed that Mercy Home was the right place for her.