I am writing this to explain the ups and downs throughout my program. When I first got here I just faked the funk and was trying to do my time and go home. In the middle of my treatment, it all caught up to me due to some really bad choices I made. After that, I opened my eyes and started to seek help. The staff, counselors and clients immediately gave me support. Without this program, I can honestly say I would be dead or in prison by now. I have learned many things because of this program and am ready to take on the challenges that I will face in the real world. Thank you for helping me change my life.
I am grateful for this second chance at life and I am going to take full advantage of this to achieve great things. I was put on this planet for a reason and I am in pursuit to find what that is. I am going to turn my dreams into a reality. I’d like to thank my probation officer, my incredible family and those who looked out for my best interests…. Without you, I don’t know where I would be.
I began my time at Manos as a foolish teenager. After listening to staff, earning my high school diploma, working with my counselor and moving on into the Supervised Independent Living program, I feel like I have become a man…and someone my parents are proud to have as a son. I am also finally happy with the man in the mirror.
I’d like to thank the people who have given me guidance in all aspects of this program. Whether academics, emotional or personal support. I can now let my loved ones know that I made it through a dust storm and have come out unharmed and more knowledgeable than I once was. I can finally be the role model that my nieces, nephew and cousins deserve. I have changed little by little and change is still revealing itself to me. At Manos House, I received more than rehabilitation.
Before coming to Manos I had no plans of getting an education. I never made it a priority. Since coming to PGHS, I have realized all that I could do with an education. Manos has opened new doors to opportunities to guarantee success in my life…. For those of you who are second guessing the program, I encourage you to push through because like Robert Frost said “The best way out is through.
When I arrived here, I thought I would be able to fake it and make it. I found out that making it through a program and making it in the real world are two totally different things. Lots of guys complete a program… but I decided I would be one that took what the program offered me and use it to make it in the real world.
I would be dead if it were not for being sent to Manos House. I found out what it means to truly live.
I wanted to take some time to tell you how I enjoyed my first visit and the Thanksgiving dinner. The young man who did the beginning prayer was incredible, I don’t think I remember a nicer prayer of Gratitude, not even from a priest. I also enjoyed his poem. The second young man that did a poem and then the dance, was also wonderful. He put the biggest smile on my face during his dance! The young man with the guitar was very talented. All of the staff I met were very nice and helpful. The meal was delicious and the gentlemen that prepared it did a great job! If you would please let these gentlemen know how much I was grateful to have been there to share in such a wonderful experience. All the boys I had the pleasure to meet were quite special, as all of them are I’m sure. I always say, “There are no bad kids, just lost kids.” I thank you, your staff and your program for giving them the guidance and chance to find their way.