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 secure, her transformation was able to begin. “Eventually,” says Tracey, “I let people see the real me, and I started to feel love and support. I blossomed into someone entirely different than when I arrived.”
Since that time, Tracey has been embracing her new life. “Maryhurst taught me that I’m worthy of love, no matter what I did in my past,” says Tracey. Now 26, Tracey is married and pursuing a degree in Social Work from Eastern Kentucky University. Empowered by her education at Maryhurst, Tracey has taken control of her future and now knows that life is all about choices. “I’m in control of my future,” says Tracey,” and no one can take that from me.”
Tracey’s advice to young ladies in similar situations? “Don’t ever give up. The things that happen to you don’t determine your value.” We think that’s a powerful message for everyone!