Maria* grew up in the Rio Grande Valley but moved to Dallas with her mom when she was in the 6th grade. After she moved to Dallas, she started getting bullied relentlessly. It got so bad that she dropped out of school when she was 15 and started taking classes online.
Due to her isolation, her grades started slipping and she started fighting with her mom constantly. The fighting got so bad that she couldn’t live with her mom anymore, so she came to Promise House.
“I had heard that at places like Promise House, everyone is really mean and no one cares about you. But it’s not like that at all. My counselors do little things, like getting me a cupcake for my birthday, that show my they care about me.”
During her time in the shelter, Maria has been able to get her grades back to A’s and B’s. Her mom has also been taking parenting classes at Promise House, and now they are more open with each other.
Maria plans to graduate high school and will apply to a local university, where she wants to study nursing.