“If it weren’t for Project Protect & Fast Track GED, I wouldn’t have my kids and I wouldn’t be able to show them the importance of education!”
Sasha lost custody of her three children due to her battle with addiction. When she decided that she was ready to change her life at the start of 2009 and regain custody of her children, ages eight, five and two, she came to St. Patrick Center.
Living in a shelter and in treatment at Mary Queen of Peace, Sasha knew that she needed to do more to get her life back on track. She met with counselors of St. Patrick Center’s Project Protect program who helped guide her through the emotional journey and legal procedures to regain custody of her children. The goal of Project Protect is to enhance the safety and well-being of children by enabling them to be reared by their parents in stable, nurturing home environments, away from the influences of substance abuse.
Sasha has proven her dedication to maintaining her sobriety and being the best parent she can be. To date, she has regained custody of all three of her children! In addition, she is no longer living in a shelter and has moved into her own place with her children.
Finally, after completing the Fast Track GED program at St. Patrick Center, Sasha obtained her GED. As she prepares to enter into business administration classes at St. Louis Community College, she recognizes that by showing her kids the importance of education, she is giving them the opportunity for a brighter future. “I am in such a better place because of Project Protect and Fast Track,” says Sasha. “I have learned how much my kids need me and I am ready to be the mom they’ve always wanted.”