I was with DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services), in the system. I was in the hospital for three months that time because I didn’t want to go back to my family.
When I came to Thresholds, I started to see my life in a better way than when I was with my family. I grew a lot from my first visit here. A lot of people in my family didn’t like me when I first got to Thresholds, now they like me. I went from a group home to another group home, then independent living. Now I have my own place and I pay my own rent.
I worked at Jewel for 2.5 years, then at Sam’s Club. When I was trying to get a job, I sent 10-15 applications a day. I used the Employment Specialists at Thresholds. Now I’ve had a job for more than 3 years, and I bought my car myself.
It took me time to get used to the program. Now I have faith in myself. I finished high school. I wanted to drop out, but I kept pushing myself. I go to Truman College now and study criminal justice and music.
Thresholds covers everything. I have bipolar disorder. I’ve been at Thresholds for 5 years, and during those 5 years I’ve only gone to the hospital 3 times – in the ten years before that, it was like every two weeks. I transitioned from the Young Adult Program to an adult program at Thresholds.
I learned not to break things at Thresholds. I used to be destructive when I was angry. I only broke one thing here, and now I don’t do that anymore.
Thresholds helped me see my life differently.