1 in 5 San Diego youth suffer from a mental, emotional, or behavioral health challenge… many have experienced trauma, abuse, bullying or neglect. Where do families turn for help? What’s next?
ANGRY, CONFUSED, ISOLATED, AND ALONE.
That’s how Henry felt as a child when he “went into the system”, as he puts it. His father was in the military and gone a lot. Henry was left at home with his stepmother and two younger step brothers, feeling abandoned and alone.
Henry struggled with anger and lashed out in very unsafe ways. After several years of being in and out of lockdown facilities and group homes, Henry’s behavior became so extreme that he was sent to the San Diego Center for Children at the age of 12 to receive the therapeutic care he needed.
What Happened Next?
Henry was a resident at the San Diego Center for Children for three years. For the first time, he was able to talk through his past difficulties. And thanks to his therapist and Center staff, Henry was finally able to look to the future with hope.
Where is Henry Now?
By the time Henry left the Center, he knew his purpose was to help other kids like himself. Six years ago, Henry joined our staff as a youth partner and was recently promoted to a youth counselor. He has served as a role model for how, with the right help, a child can rise above their often painful beginnings.
What Happens Next is Up to You!
You can join him by donating to the San Diego Center for Children this holiday season. Your tax-deductible gift will help make an immediate impact on urgently needed behavioral health and educational services for children like Henry.