By Tracy Line
One of my responsibilities at Christel House was to write
student success stories. I interviewed
Christel House teachers, counselors and students. From this I learned that poverty is not
pretty. Instead the stories of the poor have
illness, despair, hunger, need and death laced into the plot line. And when you know the characters are real
people-you can’t help but be affected.
One student I interviewed survived being homeless and then
became an orphan. Still she managed to
work, go to school and care for her younger sister. She is now in college. A mother I interviewed told me about taking
the early morning bus to Christel House each week before work. Here she met her child’s teacher, who taught
her how to read. The mother wanted to be
able to help her child with his homework.
Another student lived in a neighborhood rife with crime. He was not
allowed to play outside; his parents feared gang members would prey on
him. The stories are heart wrenching but
because of Christel House, there is hope.
Students at Christel House overcome their obstacles not just
through education, but also through the love and guidance of the Christel House
staff. Teachers often work round the
clock, helping students with their daily needs.
Counselors work with the students’ entire families, giving them the life
skills they need to improve their situations.
Employees in Indianapolis work hard, really
hard, to ensure enough funds come in, so that the students can be supported
in every way necessary.
The results from all this hard work are amazing. Children who once had nothing become
productive citizens with bright futures.
Not to mention all the hearts along the way that have grown larger,
having been touched by the good works of this wonderful organization.
We thank you, Traci, for reminding us of these touching stories of the Christel House kids. Our work is making a difference, one child at a time!