Story from South Central LAMP
Los Angeles, California
This is the story of Marisela who graduated from South Central LAMP. She participated in the parenting program which helped her overcome many obstacles (stones) in her life.
A Parent’s story: Marisela’s Story in her own words:
When I arrived to SC LAMP, my way of thinking and the way I treated my kids was completely different. I didn’t have the patience, and with the Parenting program, I learned that I needed to have a lot of patience. As a woman, now I can value myself more and I love who I am. With my kids, I solve any type of problems by patiently talking with them.
My son has been recognized as Student of the Year, that was something that he never had accomplished before but at SC LAMP we were taught how to set goals, and that was our goal and we reached it. Today, I can also set foot in a library and I can speak English; before I would never get near a library. Now I can go to a library and ask for whatever I need and defend myself wherever I go. Now I can see the difference in my children and how much they’ve changed and not only them but also husband because the parenting skill classes . He has also mentioned that he has noticed the change in me and that I helped him too.
My self-esteem is much greater. Friendships that I had in the past tell me now I’m a happier person, and more open.
It is important to experience this program to the fullest, every day, every hour, every minute until the very last day. Thank you SC LAMP!
Marisela Castillo (Class of 2014)
South Central LAMP’s mission is to provide a supportive, nurturing environment for economically poor women and their families. www.southcentrallamp.org