At a recent child/caregiver bowling and pizza event the following testimonials were shared with us:
The reason why we're bowling is to let loose of sadness. - Cait, age 8
I like how this was neat and organized and you provided us with food. It was a very fun day.-Samara, age 13
The environment for the children was great. The had a blast. The children could let loose.-Shantelle, Mom
All I ever wanted was to be a better Mother than the one I got. Briefly I am the product of a ‘make love, not war’ party on November 1969 at Frostburg. She was on the pill and an unwanted child in 1970 was the last thing wanted by anyone but my grandfather (God bless his sweet heart). I waited till I was 28 to have children so that I was more mature. Having taken absolutely every parenting class I could (about 5) and regardless of my drug addiction/mental illness I believe myself to be a loving, caring, honest, realistic, protective Momma. Unfortunately, my coping skills have been limited and mostly illegal, but never abusive. Although not being there is certainly neglect, I loved, planned, and wanted all three of my precious children. Without these parenting classes, I would have not one clue what I was or am doing. I will take any and all classes in this jail or any other facility has to offer so as to guide my children and any other people God blesses me with. This couldn’t be more important. How many of us have been misguided and/or abused before we put some real effort into parenting classes and mental health?
-Anonymous (Requested to keep name private).