Tracey’s Place of Hope is a residential program for adolescent girls who have dealt with mental health or substance abuse problems. The center helps turn tragedy into daily miracles by preparing young people to manage their recovery, their mental and emotional health issues, as well as teaching teens the necessary skills to live independently. Most of our teens come to us with little or no vision for their future but flourish when given the opportunity.
Sally is one of our teens at Tracey’s Place of Hope. We sat down with her to talk about her experience in the program over the past year:
How did you get involved with Koinonia Homes for Teens and Tracey’s Place of Hope?
- I had a history of substance abuse and unhealthy choices. I was put on probation and eventually ended up in juvenile hall. While in juvenile hall, I got a phone call from my social worker and was asked if I would like to move into Tracey’s Place and get a second chance at recovery.
What was it like moving into Tracey’s Place of Hope?
- It was awkward at first because I did not know where I was and did not know anybody. After about a month into the program, I started to feel more comfortable and at home because I became friends with the other girls in the house and learned that we were all going through similar struggles. I love knowing that I’ll stay friends with all of these girls after I graduate.
What is your favorite part of Tracey’s Place of Hope?
- I have been able to learn important skills that will help me throughout my life such as cooking, better communication skills, and public speaking. I also learned the importance of having responsibilities.
How has Tracey’s Place of Hope helped you in terms of self-development?
- I know that my behavior has changed since I moved into Tracey’s Place. My beliefs have changed, and the way that I approach situations is different. It took me about a month to commit, but I saw a change in myself once I put in the work to change my mentality.
Are there any special events that you have participated in at Tracey’s Place of Hope?
- During the summer we went to Magic Mountain in LA. We also recently went to a camp in Chico that was put on by a church. It was an amazing spiritual experience for me, and I am grateful for what I learned at that camp.
What is your favorite book? Your favorite TV show?
- The Giver is one of my favorite books. I like the storyline of how the Elders try to keep their past life a secret and control the community. I also like that the story is so much different than normal life. My favorite movie is August Rush because I like romantic movies.
What is your favorite school subject?
- I like United States History because I like learning about how our country came to be. It is really interesting how our country is always changing.
What is your dream job?
- Cosmetologist. I would love to do makeup for celebrities. I love how confident I feel when I put makeup on, and I want to help other people feel that way too.
Who is your biggest role model?
- My Mom. She is a strong, loving person and has stuck by my side through everything that I’ve been through. She’s also my biggest cheerleader.
What are your plans after graduating?
- I am graduating next month! I am going to apply to attend Lytle’s Beauty College in Santa Rosa and work at a cosmetology store while in school.
Do you have any memorable experiences with Fred and Angela Biletnikoff?
- Angela has come to the house a few times and brought baked goods. Whenever she stops by, she sits down with us and gets to know us. I love getting to know her.
Describe Tracy’s place of hope in one word.