Robert* was our first
ACH graduate to move
into the Aftercare
house. He is able to
walk forward in confidence and peace of
mind because he trusts
that behind his efforts
he has a dedicated force
of folks who are rooting
for him, praying for him
and working towards
After I graduated, I didn't know what was going to happen. I knew I was going to go to Amarillo College and I could stay at the
TLC (Transitional Living Concepts) home, but
that was kind of like staying a kid. I was ready
for more responsibility and more freedom – I
was ready to decide for myself when to go to
bed and when to get up; ready to be more
self-reliant – to make sure I go to class, do my
homework, go to work, manage my time,
budget my money and have mature responses to
those around me – ready to make the change of
mentality to one of an adult. But I knew I
wasn’t ready to be completely on my own, and
those seemed to be my only two choices.
When I found out about the House, I was so
relieved - it was the solution I was looking for.
When I moved in, I hadn’t been in a house all
by myself in six years - just being alone. The first
night, I set up my tv, cooked myself dinner and
sat down and watched tv. It was amazing.
It can be weird being by myself – I’m very social
– but I have friends over, and I can walk to the
TLC home or the office or the playground
anytime I want to talk or hang out. Support is a
short walk away if and when I need it.
Janet (Laughter) helped me get situated, of
course - she’s my surrogate mom. She made
sure I had food and dish cloths and laundry
detergent. She’s still a huge part of my life - she
checks in with me every day. She’s always there
for me, regardless of what I need. And people from the office... Barbara checks in a lot. She
came over and made cookies with me the first
week. John brought homemade salsa.
I’m happy I was chosen to do this. I feel
honored that ACH put me in the House. I
went from a year ago not thinking I’d graduate
high school to going to college, paying rent and
utilities and living on my own, but with people
around to help me if I need them.
I’m really taking pride in my home - MY home!
I cleaned MY house, I mowed MY lawn. I
appreciate this home and I’m glad I get to be a
role model to the other kids. I’m going to take
advantage of this opportunity I’ve been given
and have a positive effect on the younger kids.
I am the happiest I have ever been. I’ve learned
a lot about myself in one month. I’ve realized
I’m really going to be able to grow into who I
am because of this opportunity.
This is a big step into adulthood. It’s getting to
grow into adulthood rather than being shoved
into it. Most foster kids don’t know what to do
after graduating from high school - they’re just
thrust into full-on adulthood, but Amarillo
Children’s Home is allowing me to grow up at a
more normal rate. It’s adulting with a safety net. They’re saying, “We care about you, and we’re
not going to let you fall on your face... and if
you do, we’re going to pick you up and help you
figure out what you need to do and what we
need to do to help you succeed.”