One such individual that we are so proud of is *Hope. Although Hope isn't familiar with the name "Restoring Hope," she cannot say enough good things about her care givers. She has made a wonderful transformation over the past year and half. She doesn't share much about the past, she loves to talk about what she has learned, her hobbies that she enjoys so much, and her bright future.
This vivacious 20-year-old enjoys a variety of hobbies, friends, and routines that make up her daily life. One hobby is crocheting. She has crocheted four baby blankets, several baby outfits, a headband, and even the straps to her flip flops!
Her creativity does not stop there. She's a musician. She says she plays the guitar, piano, and saxophone, plus a few other instruments. She even writes her own "heartbroken" style country songs.
Drawing, sketching, and coloring are some of her other favorite pastimes. She states that once she starts a drawing, she will not stop until it is finished.
She thoroughly enjoys reading and is going through a stack of new and classic books, all at the same time! Her current reads include The Princess Diaries, Twilight, The Dragon Series, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, The Power of Praying and The Bible. She says Jeremiah 29:11 is her favorite verse right now: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
Besides being extremely productive in her hobbies, movies, hanging out with friends, and Friday trips to the library are activities that make up her week. Perhaps her favorite job is helping with the puppies at her home. Taking on the tasks of cleaning up after the little puppies and caring for them is a special highlight of her week.
Hope states she is very thankful for the opportunity she's been given and says her care givers are awesome and kind. She has a message for teens: "stay in school and stay safe." With that sage advice, it was time to close the interview so she could find some ice cream. Her favorite is Rocky Road or NY Cheesecake Blizzards!
Providing opportunities to consumers like Hope is just a small portion of what we do here at Restoring Hope. Each individual is important and by taking the time to highlight Hope, we are reminded why our mission is so worthwhile.
*Consumer name changed to protect privacy.