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            Shepherd’s Lighthouse Butterfly Stories

    Butterfly 04001 came to Shepherd’s LightHouse in June of 2004. I remember this day because I had anticipated her arrival for a month. See this butterfly was the very first resident into our program. All of the hard work that had gone into preparing a room for her and her then 6 week old baby had finally paid off. As I was standing there this mother came over to me and handed me her baby. I looked down into the eyes of this tiny gift and realized that I had to do whatever it took to help this mother find her life path.

    The months went by and I could see change starting to take place with this mother. She was lost in the beginning but, was willing to do whatever it took to get her life back on track. She became stronger and was able to make solid decisions that with our guidance helped set her free from the life of uncertainty and depression. Butterfly 04001 stayed with us until July 2005 and in that year she learned values and techniques that she still uses today. Moving forward 10 years I can happily say that this butterfly is married with 5 other children. The tiny baby has brothers and sisters and she lives up north. She calls every holiday and checks in with us on Facebook. She admits that her life post Shepherd’s Lighthouse has not always been easy but, because of being here she now can take on any challenge with a renewed strength.

    Butterfly05001 arrived in 2005 she was homeless and needed our guidance on how to get her children returned to her. Her poor choices in life lead her children being placed in foster care. When I first met this Butterfly I could see the passion in her eyes and the sorrow that comes with not having your children with you. She had a fire in her that helped her overcome obstacles that kept her separated from her children. This case was difficult due to the shear nature of seeing the brokenness of her children when the children came for a visit and had to leave without their mother.

    Within the eight months that this butterfly stayed with us she was able to find employment, get her children placed with her, and moved into a nice trailer. After moving this butterfly was met with facing her demons and did not win. She lost her children again and lost her home. This mother was one of the most fearless mothers that kept on fighting for her future no matter what came her way. Her children eventually was place with her family in another state while she remained here. She often told me that that was the best thing for her children and she now has found peace with the knowledge that she could not take care of her children.

    Today this butterfly is married again to a wonderful man and visits with us when she can.

    Butterfly 05006 had two wonderful daughters when she moved in 2005. This young mother had struggled all of her life trying to get her life back and moving in a positive direction. While living at Shepherd’s LightHouse this mother was taught how to value herself and the importance of putting yourself first. This mother admitted that she would always look for someone to be the leader in her life. She had lost her identity as a mother and as a woman.

    Butterfly 05006 stayed with us for five months. Her children faced a lot of changes while being with their mother. The oldest suffered with the inability to focus and concentrate. This lead too many battles between her and her mother. She missed her father and wanted to live with him. The younger child was just a baby and learned how to walk while here.

    When it came time for this butterfly to leave she moved out with family. She did get her own place in a short period of time. Her organizational skills and the new found belief system she learned at the LightHouse led her to finishing an online class and landing a wonderful job.

    She since has gotten married and gave birth to a little boy. She no longer lives in this area but, sends us up dates about her life.

                                                 

    Butterfly 06004 found herself overcoming many things in the late years of life. This butterfly was 43 when I met her and had a young son. She had to allow her son to live with family while she got her life together. She was a long time drug addict and had not been able to overcome this obstacle. When she made a commitment to her life instead of drugs she was able to learn how to live her life one day at a time. Her son was returned to her and she was able to get a very good job working at a local nursing home. Her son was able to become a very good student in school after receiving tutoring and stable housing.

    She admits that she still makes poor choices and did struggle after leaving our program. Counseling that she received did help her reunite with her family. She did move into a nice home and moved her other children in with her. This family today is still together and is learning how to work together.

    Butterfly 08012 was living place to place with her four children. This mother had tried for years to get her life going in the right direction but was unable to. With four children this mother had to learn how to be a single parent. During our evaluation it was discovered that Butterfly 08012 was completely overwhelmed with the children and lacked any parenting skills. We had to work on her abilities to discipline, cook healthy meals and organize her life. There were times that I did not think this mother would be able to take care of her children.

    I am proud to say this Butterfly was able to set up all systems of support for her family. She got a job and moved out into her own place. Today she remains on her own and has held down a job for six years with the same company. Her children are doing well and each one attends school or daycare. This butterfly calls time to time to let us know that she is ok and that everything is alright.

    Butterfly 09025 came to us depressed and desperate. She had nine children and all but one was living with family because she was unable to provide for them. This mother was broken and missed her children very much. The only thing she wanted was to live with all of her children under one roof again. We took her for regular visits with her children and she worked her goal plans every day. This mother loved her children but, seemed to find herself caught up in situations with the fathers that she could not overcome. She admits that she was glad her family stepped in and helped her.

    Unfortunately time ran out for us to help this Butterfly and we had to move her into another agency program. She did stay in that program long enough to get her children back and all of them are now living under one roof. She is still working and did have number ten child.

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