Baby Bella came early, which came with another set of challenges. Partners’ staff served as mentors and life-skills navigators, and helped Amber get into Partners’ Transitional Housing program so Amber could focus on parenting, working, and going to school.
Since her time spent at Theresa House, Amber has learned the lessons of forgiveness and has made peace with Bella’s father. Amber earned an Associate’s Degree in Clinical Assisting, and she is now married to Scott, a former coworker, who has known Bella since she was two. He has been very supportive of her success.
“This wasn’t how I played Barbies when I was a little girl,” she continued, “I always thought, ‘school, marriage, house, parenthood’, but I took the steps in a different order. It wasn’t easy, but it’s made me a stronger person. Now I can look back at the struggles, see how I came through, and know that whatever I’m facing now, I will get through it, too.”
Amber and Scott have added a son to their family. They have a nice home with a yard for the children to play. Amber is happy to share that this is her Barbie Dreamhouse, all made possible because she got a little help when she needed it.