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This is Danielle’s story.
"I was so lost in my own misery that I was unable to see those who were trying to love me...that was until I was at the Receiving Home."

This is Danielle’s story.

When I first came to the Children’s Receiving Home (CRH) as a fifteen-year-old runaway I was very lost and confused. I had been self-harming and had tried to commit suicide. I really wasn’t sure what the world had left for me.
 
The staff at CRH took me in and the first thing they did was remove the lice from my hair. Then they spent the next 3 hours carefully brushing it. They were gentle and nice, and that was the first time I had experienced something like that.

Soon my heart started to soften to the people at CRH who wanted to love on me. It was a safe place and it was there that I started realizing I could love again. I was given this amazing opportunity—even if just for a short time—to stop surviving and start living.
 
I am now 31 years old and just wrote my first book called In the Making. It is about my story, and it is also about CRH—how they changed my life and how what they did for me transformed the next 16 years of my life…and how it will transform the next 30, 40, 50, or however long I’m here. I have learned that I was born on purpose, for a purpose.
 
And that purpose is to be an advocate for kids in foster care, kids who have been sexually abused, kids who have done self-harm, and for kids who have tried to commit suicide. What these kids need is for someone to love them unconditionally. That is something I found at CRH—for the first time in a long time, I found peace. I found a little bit of myself that I took with me when I left, which blossomed into who I am today.
 
I want these kids like me to know that they’re fighters. I want them to know that—like me—they will get through this. And when they look back, I hope they see that their trauma has become their triumph.
 
Thank you for supporting CRH and for allowing me to share a bit of my story with you.
 
Sincerely,
Danielle Carralez

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