testimonial-cesilyIt was April of 2009 that I found myself at ALPHA House. I was 6 1/2 months’ pregnant at 17 and a little over a month away from my high school graduation. My Dad gave up all his rights, and that is what landed me in foster care. When I look back, it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. ALPHA helped me progress in life, helped me grow as a woman and taught me things about parenting that I would of never learned at home.

Even though I was living with complete strangers, with time, the girls and staff had become family. I graduated in June of 2009, and in August 2009, I welcomed my son, Jayden. With the knowledge that I had gained from living at ALPHA, I was somewhat prepared to take on this journey of being a young mother.

Unfortunately, just one day short of three months, my son stopped breathing in a home daycare and went into cardiac arrest. He spent the next seven long days on life support. My son passed the morning of November 17, 2009. Later I found out he had a genetic heart disorder, called Long Qt Syndrome.

Through my tragic time, ALPHA House staff stood next to me at all times. They allowed me to stay in the house, and even raised the money for Jayden to have a headstone. I am so appreciative of everyone there who helped me along my journey. Since leaving the house, I have been working as an Assistant Manager at Family Dollar. In June of 2012, I gave birth to my second son, Emanuel.