8/19/05

 

Dear Melinda,

 

I'm writing this letter to you about what S.P.I.R.I.T. program has meant to me.  I am of the pilot project and I very proud of the fact.

 

I was wondering what I would do next.  I had food stamps taken care of.  Social Security Disability, did all the doctors appointments and got disability.  I put in applications in for housing.  Finally I got the apartment that I was looking forward to.

 

I moved into the apartment.  There was a reason I wanted the apartment to have my own life and not be pushed around by someone who was very controlling.  I bought a new computer and started using it.  I haven't had very many classes.  I've more or less learned how to use it by myself.

 

I was going to counseling again every week.  I didn't watch much TV but I had one.

 

I didn't have any friends where I lived.  No one came to my home.  I was very lonely.  For days and weeks at a time I was so lonely but I kept studying and kept going to counseling.  Then there was a meeting just for me with the butcher paper all over the walls and someone writing and we were all brainstorming about my life.   I felt so good, I was queen for a day.

 

Then someone gave me a paper with the words S.P.I. R.I.T. on it and it came up to my face and hit me, and said this is for you, and I got all excited.  I called the number and they sent me the paper work.

 

I took it back and gave it to someone.  But somehow it got lost.

 

My counselor wrote a letter and helped me.  I got a second chance to make the application out.  Took it back and it went through this time.

 

I read the papers I had over and over.  I just couldn't get it out of my mind.  I said many times, I wonder what it would be like in class and pictured myself in it.

 

The paper said that S.P.I.R.I.T. on it kept going through my mind.  I just couldn't miss this.  It was something I wanted to do.

 

The first day of class I was very stand offish.  The second day I got even better.  The third or fourth day I stood in front of the class and I've never done that before.  I was trembling and my knees almost gave out.  But I finished the reading and the applause was astounding.  I was so proud of myself.

 

Day by day we were learning something new every day and there was a closeness with all the people there. 

 

We could stand up in front of the class and people were really listening to us and not passing judgment and that was a first.

 

We know each other.  People were all of the same group with such diverse attitudes.  We get along so well.

 

We've learned to depend on each other.

 

I like the hour in the morning of checking into class.  I enjoy the checking out at the end of the class and know where everyone is at; how they are feeling.

 

The class gave me something I didn't have before.  A new meaning, a new passion for life and living that I didn't have before.  So many things have changed since the class started.

 

I enjoy the people who have been at the class that gave us so much information from different local, state, government agencies that are there to help us.

 

I'm so happy to be a part of this. 

 

Thank you so much.  I hope in the future there will be more classes like this.

 

Thanks again.

 

Sincerely,

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Thank you so much.  I hope in the future there will be more classes like this.

 

Thanks again.

 

Sincerely,

Student 004

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