My Story...

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My name is DeAnthony, and I am so grateful for Faith and Fostering. When I joined Faith and Fostering, I had left foster care and my guardian’s house. I had nowhere to go. I couldn’t return to my little sister’s father’s house and decided to go to my mom’s. There were crack pipes everywhere, and chemicals from the crack were even in the air. It was so strong, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Someone told me to put towels in all the openings around my door, but that didn’t help. Man, I never want to go through that again. That is when someone told me about Faith and Fostering. They have a whole team of people that really care for you and are positive. They give you advice and direction that matters and helps you with life and growing up. Also, there are other people there that have gone through similar situations. There are a bunch of nonprofits, but to me, no one compares to Faith and Fostering. They are consistent and offer you detailed things to do, one by one. I can do that! It’s a beautiful thing! 

 

In Faith and Fostering, I have met people that truly want me to succeed. So far, I have: 

  • obtained a State I.D.

  • opened a checking and savings account

  • learned how to use public transportation

  • maintain full-time employment

  • completed the written portion of the driver’s education

  • created a budget plan

  • have healthy relationships that I can depend on 

 

I have a mentor that really helps me, and his name is Chris. He is amazing! I respect him for so many reasons. He is calm and collected, and he always listens. He is dependable and always there when I call. He is also smart and kind. I just appreciate him for being there for me. 

 

I’m excited about my future. I’m not rushing and setting some good foundations. I hope to work on a book and do an open mic one day. I also hope to connect with people like Faith and Fostering has with me. Thank you for for helping Faith and Fostering help me. 

 

Thank you, 

DeAnthony T.

Faith and Fostering Resident

My Story...

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Hello, my name is Isabella Desselle, but everyone calls me Izzy. Before Faith and Fostering, I was homeless with feelings that there was no hope. My life has been a journey that few can relate to. I was born in Quito, Ecuador, and was in an orphanage until I was adopted at 2 1/2 from a couple in the United States. I ended up in foster care and had many placements that weren’t good. I think I have participated in every homeless program in Louisiana and Arkansas. When I entered into Faith and Fostering, I had no more options and felt alone. 

 

Since Faith and Fostering, I have met genuine people that truly want young people to succeed. With the support of the program and everyone involved, I have: 

  • obtained legal documents and stored them safely in a safe

  • opened a banking and savings account

  • have full-time employment

  • graduated with my Associate’s degree and working on my Bachelor’s

  • purchased a vehicle

  • receive regular Christian, trauma-focused counseling

  • growing spiritually through bible study and mentor groups

 

I live in Holly’s Haven, the house in Stonewall, LA, and growing as a leader. Even though it is sometimes a struggle, I am working to be a good example and leader for the other girls. I look forward to what is in my future. I hope to graduate with my Bachelor’s and someday work for Faith and Fostering. I have received so much and want to give back to young women who have experienced similar things. Thank you for your support and for helping my present and future be filled with hope and relationships. 

 

Love,

Isabella Desselle (Izzy)

Faith and Fostering Resident