Andi “Everyday Hero”
Age: 21 Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Andi came to Moving Forward right after completing high school in her hometown where she attended a public school and participated in “regular” classes as well as some held in the school’s special education learning center. With challenges ranging from ADHD and OCD to ODD, anxiety and depression, Andi had always had a difficult time socially. Since joining Moving Forward in 2008, Andi has flourished.
“This is the first time in her life that she has been truly happy for any extended time,” explains Andi’s dad Jeff, a high school English teacher. “We looked at several other programs nationwide, but this seemed to be the best fit. We wanted an environment that fosters a feeling of accomplishment, and works to build self-respect and self-esteem so that Andi would be able to make independent decisions about her life with confidence. At Moving Forward, she feels wanted, needed, and valued by the other residents, as well as the staff.
“She is always excited about something when I talk to her,” continues Jeff. “We went to New York at Christmas; she got a subway map and was telling the rest of us where to go. She’s not afraid anymore, and she has so much more confidence.”
Andi is now seeking employment, after having gained work experience at Goodwill and through Moving Forward’s community volunteer work program. She attends many of Moving Forward’s classes including music, cooking, women’s relations, budgeting, health and skincare, and plays keyboard in the Moving Forward band.
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