Mary’s Success Story

“Growing up was tough for me. My family struggled a lot. My parents split when I was little because my mom had problems with alcohol and drugs. My dad, though, he was amazing. He worked hard as a manager at a grocery store, putting in long hours to take care of us.

But things were rough for me, too. I started drinking and smoking when I was just 14. And after high school, I got pregnant. The guy I was with was abusive, and I ended up relying on pain pills to cope.

I tried to turn things around by attending college to become a medical assistant. But my heroin addiction got worse. It took over my life. I hit rock bottom, using drugs even when my son was right there beside me.

Eventually, my dad had enough. He kicked me out and wouldn’t let me see my son. That’s when some old friends stepped in and took me to Milwaukee Teen Challenge.

Those days were tough. But they were worth it. When I graduated from the program, I felt like a new person. Thanks to my faith, I found peace and joy in my life again.

Now, I’m a different person. I’m a mom who’s finally excited about the future. And I owe it all to Teen Challenge. They showed me love and patience when I needed it most. I’m seven and a half years clean, happily married with three kids, and a homeowner. I’m so grateful for everything they did for me.”


*This story has been adapted to protect our student’s identity. The name/photo are pseudonyms chosen for privacy reasons.

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Mary’s Success Story

Now, I'm a different person. I'm a mom who's finally excited about the future. And I owe it all to Teen Challenge Milwaukee.