Each year, Alley’s House selects one outstanding young mom to receive our Mother of the Year award at our Mother’s Day picnic. This year’s Mother of the Year was awarded a special gift basket and will be a guest of honor at our annual luncheon this fall.
Patricia began Alley’s House program in December 2013 and was surprised to learn that her essay had won her the honor of 2014 Mother of the Year.
Patricia is the mother of two young boys, Michael and Damien. Patricia’s journey has been full of challenges and obstacles, but she never considered giving up. At the age of 14, Patricia’s mother was imprisoned. With her mother gone, she was forced to grow up quickly. Without her mother at home, she dropped out of school in 9th grade, turned to the streets, and first became pregnant with her eldest son. During her second pregnancy, Patricia was referred to Alley’s House by a nurse. When asked why Patricia chose to come to Alley’s House, she stated, “Alley’s House chose me.”
Patricia felt chosen by Alley’s House because of the inviting environment and the help we provide all of our clients to overcome any challenges they face. “It is hard to find programs like Alley’s House. I’m glad I have been given the opportunity to work towards my GED while getting to take part in the life skill workshops to help me prepare for my future career and life.”
Patricia’s first Alley’s House experience was at our annual Christmas party. She was amazed when she arrived and both she and her son received Christmas gifts. To be so cared about as a new client in the program touched her heart. She knew this was a place where she could grow and achieve her goals.
After obtaining her GED, Patricia plans to pursue a career that will allow her to utilize the skills she’s learned at Alley’s House to guide and serve others. Through our education and case management services, Patricia has been able to overcome her personal obstacles to provide a better life for herself and her children. She credits Alley’s House for the motivation and inspiration to achieve her dreams.
Her advice to other moms currently facing personal challenges is to “Love your kids unconditionally. Take advantage of the opportunity to grow and teach your child better than you may have received. Being young, for the most part allows you to be open minded enough to allow your child to teach you a few things. Find the good in being a young mother. Be the role model your child deserves. Let your child be the fire that drives you to succeed. Create wonderful memories, enjoy every precious moment, because you’ll both grow quickly.”