In 1976, Theressa Lindsey was an immature runaway saddled with a teen pregnancy. She felt like there were no choices and no hope for her or her future. Maryhurst helped her realize how very wrong it is for anyone to feel like that. Theressa participated in classes, work and service projects. Through them, she learned organization, compassion, […]
The monarch butterfly is the Maryhurst school mascot and an amazing symbol of transformation. The girls who come to Maryhurst go through a similar, wonderful change. Leaving behind their pain and loss, they emerge from our care like a butterfly, transformed into young women with hope and promise and dreams about the future.
The following "Butterfly Stories" come directly from our alumnae, sharing how Maryhurst transformed their lives.
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Chanley Nair’s personal journey is all about relationships. When she first arrived in 2007 as an out-of-control preteen with a predisposition to runaway, Chanley hated Maryhurst. “No child wants to be in a home away from their family,” she explains, “but then I built a strong, healthy relationship with my staff, and I let them help me […]
Tracey Roberts-McKinney came to Maryhurst when she felt that she had nothing to lose. With multiple failed placements and incidents of running away, Tracey felt out of control. While she was transitioning into Maryhurst, Tracey pushed people away and struggled to connect with the other girls and her mentors. However, once she started to feel […]
I am indebted to Maryhurst for what Maryhurst did for my Mother, Annie George Thomas. My Mother was removed from a very dysfunctional home and placed in Maryhurst in 1945. She came to Maryhurst an angry, unhappy young girl full of bitterness. However, she left Maryhurst in 1947 a much different person. The tremendous love, […]
While it seems like a lifetime ago that I was at Maryhurst (1967 – 1968), I still remember my time there well. Although every girl’s story was unique, all of our lives were in a rough spot. The structure at Maryhurst was not always fun, but it did provide consistency. What I remember most, though, […]
I went to Maryhurst when I was 15 — almost 16 — and completely out of control. I had been using drugs and alcohol for some time to ease the pain of emotions I was unable to understand. My parents couldn’t manage my behaviors at home. I kept stealing the car and going out driving […]
I was in Maryhurst for three school years (ages 14 – 17), graduating in the spring of 1985. I lived on the Dorsey Lane campus and stayed in all the original dorms, sometimes going back to ones I had previously come from, after getting in trouble. Maryhurst helped me in so many ways that I […]
Name: Heather Troeckler Current Residence: Louisville, Kentucky Profession: I will be pursuing my Master’s Degree at U of L in Social Work in the Spring of 2014. When were you at Maryhurst? In the 1990’s. Maryhurst, as explained to me at this time, was a home for young girls who had been severely abused and […]
I came to Maryhurst having just celebrated my fifteenth birthday. As a teenage girl, I was looking forward to what should have been the most exciting years of my life. Yes, I was a troubled teen, but I didn’t think it was that bad; however, as a habitual runaway with a “know it all attitude” […]
When I compare my experience to those who came before and after me, my story is neither heart wrenching nor heartwarming. My stay at Maryhurst was brief and my circumstances where neither dire nor grave. Due to being stubborn and spoiled, I ran away from a good home. I was raised apart of a middle […]