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gone from debilitating depression to a road to recovery

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for including our daughter in your Liz’s Legacy Scholarship program for counseling.  Although both my husband and I work, the cost of counseling was a large financial burden.  I fear that without the scholarship, we would have had to limit her much-needed counseling.  However, thanks to Liz’s Legacy, our daughter has gone from debilitating depression to a road of recovery.  Although she will most likely battle depression as an ongoing challenge, thanks to Liz’s Legacy and their approved counseling center, She has made huge strides towards recovery.  We are so grateful to Liz’s Legacy.


Mom and Dad

How Liz’s Legacy Scholarships have impacted my family

I’m thankful for the opportunity to share how the Liz Legacy Scholarship is impacting my family!  I have five daughters, including two adopted from foster care at young ages.  We had exhausted all options in helping our adopted daughters recover from their traumatic past experiences, but things kept spiraling down.  Their emotional problems and behavioral issues were beyond what we could manage and we were losing hope when we got a referral to KCA counseling.  I spoke to Diane personally and felt immediately cared for and more hopeful.  My teenager started counseling immediately a few months ago and we have seen progress almost every week.  When her younger sister began exhibiting worse anxiety depression and behavioral problems, I came to KCA in desperation because I knew she needed help as soon as possible and I needed to figure out a plan to pay for it.  Diane saw the need for her to start counseling right away and offered to help with a scholarship.  I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t know what would happen if we waited and I was greatly relieved!  The younger daughter has started counseling recently and I am optimistic because of the excellent care and help we are receiving in this process.   We feel like part of a family there.   This scholarship is making it possible for our family to move close to healing and restoration and I could never truly express in words my thanks and appreciation.


A Grateful Mom

Listening to two little boys in the playroom

As  I type this email, I am listening to two little boys in the playroom with  their counselor.  Their father recently committed suicide.  One of the boys actually spoke to me today.  I think that is the first time I have heard words come out of his mouth when I greeted him.  The other boy talks, but is quiet.  His little eyes always look so hopeful.    Their counselor is doing such a good job with them.  

Their mom is in the lobby waiting.   She is more calm now than I have seen in a long time.  Another counselor on our staff is working with her.  The mom was literally trembling the first several times she came in.  

Their whole lives were suddenly changed. Thank you for helping us help them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Liz’s Legacy Foundation

I wanted to thank ‘ Liz’s Legacy Foundation and Providence Counseling center. 

I have four children, one son who is 27 and married, one son who is 18 and just graduated from high school and  two daughters, ages 6 and 10.  

I’ve been married for almost 20 years and sadly my husband has battled with alcoholism, as well as a mental health disorder for some time.  Unfortunately, over the last 6 years or so, his illness and addiction has resulted in verbal and physical abuse against me that has been witnessed by my children.  I’ve had to have him arrested multiple times and he’s only made feeble attempts at sobriety and counseling.  

The situation has taken a heavy toll on mine and my children’s mental health and wellbeing.   I am currently trying to separate from my husband and sell our home so that I can get an apartment for myself and my children and start the process of divorce.  When I explained the situation to Tammie at Providence Counseling,  she had me come in and set me up a counselor Andrew and the girls vwere set up with another counselor, Josh.   We have been going for counseling about every other week now for a few months and I really believe that it is helping the girls to process through their feelings and emotions concerning their father and the situation.  For me, these counselors have been a lifesaver during a time filled with uncertainty, fear, anger and grief.  Andrew has been an immense help in working with me to process my heartache and devastation over the loss of my marriage and the dissolution of our family.  Josh has been so amazing with the girls and has such a great way of interacting with them and they feel totally comfortable sharing anything with him.  

If it weren’t for your generosity with the scholarship that allows my girls to get counseling, I would feel totally helpless and hopeless.  I’m not yet seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but I am having more peace that I’m going to get there eventually.

As a believer, I struggle with why God allows certain things to happen, or why He doesn’t heal certain things or fix certain situations, but ultimately, I come back to, because He’s God and I’m not and I have no choice but to trust in His sovereign plan for my life and my children’s lives.  

I cannot express how grateful I am to both of you for this gift and just wanted you to know that you are making a great impact in my life and the lives of my children through this scholarship. 

I think of Liz often and can only imagine how awesome she would think this is.

Hugs to you both, we will forever be thankful to God for you!

My daughter was a victim of a sexual crime

My name is Louise, I am writing this letter to share a little bit about my story. My 12-year-old daughter was a victim of a sexual crime for 3 years from a family friend. We found out about this in November 2017. I knew my daughter would need a lot of help over the next few months and even years to come to bring her through this. It has been a long 8 months to say the least. We just ended trial and prosecution and it has been time to move on. At the beginning of this year, 2018, I contacted my pastor in desperate need of finding counseling for my daughter. Knowing how expensive it is and not always covered under insurance I just had to leave it all in God’s hands. I knew He would direct our paths and HE would make a way. The morning I called my pastor he knew exactly who I should call. So, after hanging up with him, many tears later, I took it upon myself to call the counseling service he HIGHLY recommended. It was in a matter of moments; my tears came back. I placed a phone call to HOPE COUNSELING in Winter Garden and it was within minutes I knew God directed my path. I called very upset and just inquiring about prices and services and shared just a little bit about what we have been going through. The amazing lady who answered the phone, took all my information and within minutes, literally, returned my call to share with me that we have been awarded a scholarship. Tears begin to fall again.  I knew God would always make a way but sometimes when you are going through rough times you just wonder how. I know Jer 29;11 tells us He has a plan for our life and I just needed to rest assured He’s got me 😉 

      So, with that being said, since February, my daughter, has been going faithfully a couple times a month to see the most amazing counselor God could have EVER given to us. This was ONLY possible by the scholarship and faithful servants who follow the hearts of Jesus and supply needs to families who just can’t afford this but was so desperate for it.  This has been such a BLESSING to my family for the last several months.  The counselor has helped my daughter overcome one of the worst things any child could ever go through. As a mom, I wanted to just help so bad but didn’t know what else to do but God knew all along. She is such a special person and we will forever be grateful for her.

       I honestly don’t even know where to begin with thank you’s. I am SO VERY THANKFUL for people who listen to Jesus when HE speaks to their hearts. Thank you to this amazing scholarship who has helped so many families, especially mine. The blessing from Jesus continues to pour over my daughter. She is growing stronger, one day at a time. If it wasn’t for amazing people who donates for others who just can’t, I honestly don’t know where we would be right now. I pray God blessed you 10 times full for helping so many others. It truly is one of the greatest blessing you could ever give someone. Continue to follow the whispers of Jesus because you have NO IDEA where the blessings go and how much people are truly grateful. 

     Hope Counseling is by far one of the greatest blessings God has provided to so many others. I am one thankful Momma.

Worthlessness, Loneliness and pain.

 “Worthlessness, Loneliness and gut-wrenching pain are just a few words I can now proudly say I felt in the past. Many people might not understand that sentence but I’m no longer ashamed to describe and share my story with others whom have and or are suffering from depression. Let me formally introduce myself, my name is Faye Butler and I want to say THANK YOU for your generosity in helping with your donation to allow me to attend counseling sessions with Providence Counseling.

    For some time, I was ashamed to share with others my story of how I suffered from depression. I now know what the word means, how to understand how I’m feeling and ask for help and most importantly keep myself accountable to not fall back to a place that unless you have gone thru you may not understand. I now know the importance of mental health and being okay to say I go to counseling. I have been able to explain to people how it helped save my life in many ways and continues to do so.

Thank you for looking for someone so specific who you didn’t know personally but needed it more than you can imagine. That person was and is still me. I at times still have things I need to work on and every day I can be thankful that when I know I’m having an anxiety episode, I have my counselor to be able to text or call and speak to. You have made an impact on my life and I’m sure many others. Saying thank you  seems so simple, that I wish I could do more but know that as tears run thru my face as I write this letter, I’m beyond thankful to  God for getting me to a better place. I wish you a wonderful holiday season and many blessings.

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