Tim was adopted at the age of 8 by a very loving family. Sadly, his early years had been fraught with disappointment, abandonment and neglect. The result was for Tim to have RAD, an attachment disorder.
Outwardly, Tim was personable and articulate - but with those close to him, he was angry with sadistic and violent tendencies. In essence, Tim worked hard to push people away before they pushed him away or abandoned him completely.
Tim’s actions toward his adoptive parents and their two biological children was horrific: so much that the parents feared for the safety of their children and themselves. They wondered if it was time to put Tim back into the “system” rather than risk fracturing their family . . . or worse.
At Samaritan Center, Tim received the counseling he needed and was provided with unconditional love, proving to him that no one was planning to turn their backs on him - no matter what. Tim had a breakthrough. He now accepts love and provides it to others in return. The family is united and thoroughly enjoys spending time together. The future is bright for both Tim and his family.
Adrian was a very troubled boy with challenging behavioral issues that included defiance of authority, lying, bursts of anger and reluctance to accept responsibility. Most people believed Adrian would wind up in prison, on the streets or on welfare.
At Samaritan Center, through a great deal of love, strong guidance and much encouragement, Adrian turned his life around. We worked with Adrian and his family to provide structure and consistency in their lives. They learned that through hard work and persistence they could achieve anything.
Adrian, his mother and his two younger siblings are now off welfare, and a strong family with great values has emerged. They have set a plan for their future: Adrian’s mother went to school to become a physician’s assistant, and is just a few credits short of achieving that goal. Having found a good job, Adrian is supporting the family while his mother attends school. Upon graduating and finding a job, it will be Adrian’s mother’s turn to support the family, allowing Adrian to go to school and earn his degree. The younger siblings? They, too, have learned to be responsible people who will contribute to the community.
As part of the Samaritan Center’s “Attitude of Gratitude” program, we are collecting non-perishable food items on April 30 for our community partner, House of Hope, for distribution to needy families throughout our community. Click here to learn how you can help by contributing and spreading the word!