Alice’s Path: Conquering Fear at Hillcrest

When Alice first arrived at Hillcrest, she was scared and disorganized. She didn’t trust the program. However, with the guidance and support of her case manager, counselor, and house parent, Alice began to trust that she was in good hands. For the first time in years, Alice was reunited with her children.

Overwhelmed with the prospect of working, taking care of two kids, living on a budget, and keeping her apartment clean, Alice benefitted from every resource that was presented to her. These resources ranged from free haircuts for her children to counseling sessions for herself. Through the structure provided on campus, she began to believe that she was on the right track and capable of handling more than she had previously thought.

In just nine weeks of hard work and determination, Alice was able to graduate and move into stable housing. While at Hillcrest, she secured a better job, paid off over $2,350 in debt, and left with a secure savings account. Alice’s story is proof that with the right support and guidance and the willingness to work at it, anything is possible. We are excited to see what the future holds for Alice and her two children who were always eager to lend their helping hands.

From Alice, “Thank you to Hillcrest and all the people that volunteer, support, and work for Hillcrest. You’ve been a light in so many people’s lives including mine. Thank you for your kind hearts. You’re changing lives.”

Empowered by Purpose: Amya’s Young Adult Journey at Hillcrest

Amya, our latest young adult graduate, spent roughly seven months in the Hillcrest program after finding herself with nothing after leaving an unstable home. She was at her rock bottom and had consequently drifted away from her church. 

When she first came to the program, she did not have her driver’s license, nor did she know how to drive. Amya took it upon herself to find a driving instructor, take lessons, learn how to manage a vehicle, obtain her license, and purchase her first car. She also completed two classes that were offered through her employer, the Park Hill School District; she was working full-time when she accomplished this. Through hard work, Amya was able to pay off over $7,500 in debt during her time at Hillcrest. She has purchased new glasses, built a savings account, and set a goal to someday begin her own nonprofit.

Amya, being a wonderful cook, will be working in the kitchen at a summer camp this year. While at Hillcrest, she poured back into the community by making meals for the life skills group and for other young adults. In addition, she offered instruction to another young adult who needed support. Now, Amya is active in her church again and serves as a women’s minister.

From Amya, “I want to thank everybody that has helped me on my journey here. I’ve learned as part of my testimony that God will provide all of your needs. Even in your lowest moments, He hears your cry. Just being here, God has revealed a lot to me. I have met a lot of different people from different walks of life and I believe that this was a part of my purpose and you all are a part of my purpose. God loves you all and He hears you. Don’t ever think that you’re in this life alone, you have a purpose. –My nonprofit is in the works and will be called Blooming Women of Essense; it will exist to help women in their walks with Christ.”

Young Adult Struggle to Triumph in Less Than 90 Days

When Riley began her time with Hillcrest, she had thousands of dollars worth of debt accumulated and she struggled with her sense of self-worth. In the program, her generosity, helpfulness, caring attitude, kindness, organization, and responsibility quickly stood out. Riley was constantly meeting the needs of those around her and wanted to ensure that they were having positive experiences.

Now, Riley is in a career where she is able to care for other people. Introspection, having been her biggest challenge coming into the program, has become something she is able to do well to assess what she needs on a personal level. Riley has discovered much about who she is and what her goals for the future are. She shares her heart openly and loves the people around her deeply.

We celebrate Riley for making it in and out of the program in less than 90 days. For over 100 days of freedom from self-harm and for sobriety. For learning to follow a budget, receiving needed dental work, and paying off all of her debt in phenomenal timing while saving thousands of dollars! Next, Riley will move to Wyoming and continue her journey there.

“I want to thank everybody that’s been a part of this program and that contributes to this program in any way. When I remember moving in, it was in the middle of the snowstorm that we got right before Christmas. I remember the weather was how I felt. I was this sad little girl and now I’m this big girl that’s moving to Wyoming. I want to thank everybody that’s been a part of this journey with me. Thank you”. – Riley.

Encouragement for Riley – Ephesians 2:10 –

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”.

Atong and Rosleen: Beauty for Ashes

Atong and Rosleen came into the HPC program following a devastating fire in which they lost their apartment and everything in it. Having nowhere to go, they reached out to the school social worker for help. Knowing that the family could use not only shelter but also guidance on budgeting and life choices, HPC was contacted. Within a week, the family moved into a unit on property to begin the program.

Since being in the program, Atong and Rosleen have paid off all of their debt and saved enough money to get an apartment of their own with their 12-year-old son. While this event could have had a detrimental effect, The Lord turned beauty for ashes as the family graduated from the program in January. Now, with the right structure at home, their son has shown improvement in school and better grades.

We wish this family success in the future and the faith to believe that The Lord’s desire is for them to have “oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” -Isaiah 61:3

Jonathan: Young Adult Housing Program

Jonathan is a December 2022 graduate of the Young Adult program. Jonathan came to HPC after sleeping on the streets and in the basement of his workplace for several months. He was able to keep a job but struggled to maintain a routine since he had no stable place to stay.

Since being in the program, Jonathan has been able to establish a routine, make it to appointments on time, and stick to his budget to build his savings.

Jonathan graduated from the program and moved into his own apartment. Additionally, Jonathan plans to enroll in college classes in 2023 to continue to work toward his goal of becoming a chef.

We are so proud!

Jordan: Benefitting from the HPC Counseling Center

Jordan and her daughter Vi came to Hillcrest in April of 2022 after living with a family member.

Jordan was a single mother who had no stable place to raise her 2-year-old daughter. Before entering the program, Jordan struggled to adjust to structure and accountability and did not stay at a job very long.

Since being with HPC, Jordan has been in SATOP (Substance Awareness Traffic Offender Program) classes to get her driver’s license back and has almost completed those classes. She has a stable job and has contributed to a savings account while paying off debt.

Jordan has benefited from the Counseling Center through which she has received assistance with her mental health which will allow her to be the best mother she can be to Vi.

We have enjoyed watching her grow!

From Struggle to Success and Stability

Rachelle’s Remarkable Journey

Imagine being a single mother of five, including newborn twins, grappling with the weight of substance abuse, and losing custody of three beloved children. This was Rachelle’s reality when she came to the HPC program. The challenges she faced were immense, but her determination to regain her life and provide a safe and stable environment for her children was stronger.

The Power of Support

In early 2022, Rachelle’s life began to take a positive turn when she became part of the housing program at HPC. The program provided her with the structure, guidance, and resources she needed to break free from harmful habits. While at HPC, she also went through the Clay County Drug Court. With the support of dedicated professionals and a community that believed in her, Rachelle embarked on a transformative journey of healing and growth.

Rising Above Challenges

Rachelle’s progress within the drug court program was nothing short of remarkable. She not only conquered her personal battles but also excelled to the point where she became a peer-orientator within the program. This role allowed her to use her own experiences to inspire and guide others who were on a similar path. Rachelle’s journey from a participant in the program to a role model for her peers showcased her determination to uplift those around her.

Workplace Success and Financial Stability

Rachelle’s journey of empowerment extended beyond the drug court program. She worked tirelessly and demonstrated exceptional dedication to her job, resulting in a well-deserved promotion to shift supervisor at her workplace.

Through diligent saving, she managed to purchase a minivan – a significant step towards ensuring the safety of her family. This achievement was a testament to Rachelle’s financial discipline and her unwavering commitment to providing the best for her children.

A Bright Future Ahead

Rachelle stands on the brink of a new chapter in her life. With her sights set on a place of her own, Rachelle is actively working toward reuniting with all of her children and creating a safe and nurturing home for them. Her dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment to her family’s well-being showcase the transformative power of love and determination. Her story is an inspiration, urging us all to believe in the strength within ourselves and the potential for change, growth, and redemption.

The HPC Young Adult Program: A Turning Point

Ryan’s Inspirational Journey to Success

Life often presents challenges that test our resilience and determination, and Ryan’s story is a testament to the power of unwavering perseverance and the support of the right community. Ryan’s journey from living in his car while trying to finish high school to successfully graduating from the HPC Housing program and securing a bright future is nothing short of inspiring.

Imagine trying to focus on your studies and complete high school while struggling to find a safe place to live. This was the reality for Ryan, who found himself living in his car for months, battling against circumstances that could have easily shattered his dreams. Despite these overwhelming challenges, Ryan stayed enrolled in school, to create a better life.

The Young Adult Program: A Turning Point

The HPC program provided Ryan with the support and the resources he needed to overcome his dire situation. Through the program, he not only found a stable living environment but he also found a network of individuals who believed in his potential. With the guidance of the housing staff, Ryan began to rebuild his life step by step.

One of the most remarkable achievements in Ryan’s journey was earning his high school diploma. Through hard work, Ryan crossed the finish line and proudly held his diploma in his hands.

Ryan’s journey didn’t end with his high school diploma. With newfound confidence and determination, he pursued full-time employment in the security sector. His commitment to building a stable future pushed him to excel in his job, proving that with the right mindset, even the most challenging obstacles can be overcome.

Prioritizing Family

Despite the demands of his job and his personal journey, Ryan never lost sight of what truly mattered to him – his daughter. He made it a priority to maintain regular contact with her and consistently provide child support. This dedication to his family highlighted Ryan’s transformation into a responsible and caring individual.

A Bright Future Ahead

As Ryan successfully graduated from the Housing program, a new chapter in his life began. With his head held high and his heart full of hope, he moved into his own apartment in downtown Kansas City. His words at the graduation ceremony – “If it weren’t for HPC, I don’t know where I would be, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today” – encapsulate the gratitude he feels for the program that helped him transform his life. Ryan’s inspiring tale serves as a beacon of hope, encouraging us all to believe in our potential and to never give up, no matter the obstacles that come our way. There’s no doubt that Ryan’s journey is far from over – it’s just beginning.

Christina: Reunited With Her Seven Children

After going through a divorce, Christina had been struggling to establish stability. She was completely reliant on her ex-husband financially, which put her in a situation where she needed to work hard to find a job and gain independence.

Since being with Hillcrest she has reunited with her seven children and is finally working on bettering herself. She has a full-time job, receives counseling, and is paying off her debt to work toward becoming self-sufficient.

Christina is excited that she is getting the time, support, and resources to reach her goals, by moving into the Next Steps to Success program.

Rachel’s Journey of Empowerment at Hillcrest Platte County

Facing the challenging reality of her husband’s return to alcohol, Rachel made the brave decision to file for divorce. With two young sons to protect and a desire for a safer, more stable future, Rachel sought refuge and support at Hillcrest Platte County (HPC).

Upon entering the HPC program, Rachel set ambitious goals for herself: pay off debt, save money, and secure a place of her own. Through sheer determination and the resources provided by HPC, Rachel not only achieved but surpassed these objectives. With a Master’s degree in hand, which she had obtained previous to entering the program, and a fulfilling job, Rachel has paved the way for a brighter future for herself and her sons.

The success doesn’t end there. Now settled in her own apartment, Rachel plans to give back to HPC by offering parenting classes to future participants.