"You’re garbage, worthless, a burden to society and you will never make anything of yourself.” Abuse is scarring, especially when it starts at a young age, as Kyle’s did. He was abused both physically and verbally by the endless trail of his mom’s “boyfriends.” One night, Kyle’s Mom decided to leave the state and escape her current abuser. She woke Kyle up in the middle of the night and told him she was leaving with the little ones. Kyle and his 15-year-old brother would have to fend for themselves. Being abandoned made sense to Kyle. Who would want someone that was worthless?
Kyle and his brother eventually found a place to crash in the apartment of a 21-year-old man, along with several other teens. Things got ugly fast. The 21- year-old ruled the house with weapons and drugs and alcohol was served for breakfast. This meant more physical and verbal abuse as well as having to witness vulnerable girls being demeaned. It shriveled his heart with helplessness, a familiar feeling he had experienced his entire life as he watched his mother beaten repeatedly, like a disobedient dog.
Kyle finally reached out to his teachers at high school for help. It wasn’t a surprise to them as his attendance had been spotty and his grades were suffering. Several teachers and counselors rallied around him by encouraging him with his studies, arranging for counseling, and even bringing him food and clothes. He was a sweet kid and they cared about him. One of his school counselors called HART.
Kyle’s saving grace was that he had just turned 18, and now as an adult, HART could help him. He moved into the Grace House and found safety, peace and a good environment to finish high school. Because he responded to the consistent care and direction of his mentor, Sebastian Lampe, the “whisper” voice he used to speak in has now grown louder.
Kyle is enrolled in junior college for this Fall and is excited about learning to drive. His sails have caught a fresh wind of hope and the horizon looks bright. His past no longer defines him.
The Big Day of Giving on May 2nd is an opportunity for you to join us in being the wind in the sails of Kyle and others like him.