When Maddy first came to Maryhurst as a young teenager, she had already survived more traumatic experiences than many do in their entire lives. She had been sexually abused, struggled with suicidal ideation, and diagnosed with depression.
At first, Maddy thought no therapist could help her. After all, prior to arriving at Maryhurst, she had received treatment from more than 10 area hospitals and residential facilities that left her feeling like "just another case."
When she arrived, the staff at Maryhurst immediately prioritized getting to know who Maddy was: her strengths, her interests, and what she wanted for her future. After several months in our residential program, she built trust in her therapist and teachers. The team at Maryhurst showed Maddy that giving up wasn't an option, but becoming something great was.
Maddy graduated high school last August and has moved on to an independent living facility in Lexington, where she's earned her driver's license and enrolled in community college. Thanks to her time at Maryhurst, choosing a major was easy: social work. Already, Maddy has shown incredible leadership in giving back to other kids and families who need help. She's testified at a legislative panel in Frankfort to discuss the need for continued funding in the state child welfare system and spoken at several Maryhurst functions.