When Juliet walked through the doors of Mary’s Center, she was heartbroken, grieving the loss of her partner, the love of her life, who died of a heart attack in April 2015. An immigrant from Colombia, she was alone in Washington, DC, without any relatives or support. Our team helped Juliet to find the strength to heal and rebuild her life. “I was lucky to have all of Mary’s Center programs and resources available to me. I didn’t have much money, so I was grateful to receive counseling for free, to deal with my grief. I am also thankful to the staff members who connected me with organizations that could help me in terms of housing and legal advice, among other things,” she says. Today, Juliet is full of hope and dreams of a bright future, working as a teacher at Briya Public Charter School, Mary’s Center’s education partner and completing her Master’s degree in Education.
Lixzy was born with chromosome 10q deletion, a genetic condition which causes global developmental delays in all areas of development (fine and gross motor, communication, social, cognitive areas and adaptive areas). With the help of the Mary’s Center Early Intervention Program for Children with Special Needs since 2013 and the commitment of her father Santos, Lixzy is getting the physical, occupational and speech therapy and assistive devices she needs. Today she is a happy, active and curious 3 year-old, attending the specialized daycare the EIP staff referred her to.
“I never expected Lixzy to show the great progress she has. I am truly grateful for all the excellent help Mary’s Center provided to Lixzy and my family.”
The lack of affordable childcare for her twins forced Kidste to close her thriving restaurant business. Fortunately, she met Paulette, who provides quality care at a reasonable rate through her home daycare. Paulette is enrolled in the Child Development Associate program offered by our education partner, Briya Public Charter School. Paulette and the Mary’s Center staff helped Kidste apply for a childcare subsidy and now the twins are attending Paulette’s daycare. This has freed Kidste up to attend parenting, English, and digital literacy classes at Briya to acquire the tools she needs to pursue a new job opportunity.