Sarah* first came to Synergy as a teen in need of housing when it wasn't safe to stay in her family home. She remained connected with Synergy over the next year while attending high school and knew she could turn to Synergy for help when she became pregnant.
Sarah started participating in the Teen Parent Support (TPS) program and found comfort and strength in connecting with other pregnant and parenting teens and caring staff who helped her figure out how to stay in school and maintain a healthy pregnancy. When her daughter was born in April 2016, Sarah felt prepared.
When housing became unstable for Sarah and her daughter, she again turned to Synergy for help. Thankfully there was an opening in our housing program for young families, and Sarah and her daughter were placed in an apartment.
With a handle on their basic needs, Sarah could focus on getting a part-time job and continuing her education to create a sustainable future. She continued to attend TPS meetings and encouraged the father of her daughter to attend as well so they could co-parent successfully.
"It was a joy to watch Sarah's confidence grow as she developed her parenting skills and inspired her peers with her positive attitude and presence," said Amy Coe, a parent aide for Synergy's TPS program. "She and her daughter are thriving and we are so proud to have played a role in giving them a path to a brighter future."
Sarah recently left the program to move to Joplin and continue her education at Missouri Southern University.
*Name changed to protect privacy