Anna Evans* dropped out of school in eighth grade, got pregnant soon after, then gave birth to Lucy* at age sixteen. Lucy never knew her father. Her stepdad was an abusive alcoholic, so, when she was seven, she moved in with her grandparents.
It seemed like it was working - until her grandmother introduced her to marijuana... then to methamphetamines. It was their little secret. One of Lucy's fondest memories is of her thirteenth birthday - doing meth with her mom and grandma. "Everyone was happy and getting along."
Lucy cut herself to ease the emotional pain. After an argument with her grandma, she got kicked out. Back home, she was, at times, left alone for hours with no food, and her mom's new girlfriend beat her with a belt. Then, just like her mom, Lucy dropped out of school in eighth grade.
Between the drugs, the cutting and the abuse, Lucy went to the hospital six times. Finally, her mom contacted Child Protective Services for help. That phone call saved Lucy's life.
"I was so hurt by my mom's decision and hated her for kicking me out. CPS moved me to a lock-down facility in Houston." She quit cutting when "they took absolutely everything away."
After ten months, Lucy improved enough to return to Amarillo. She came to live at The Children's Home."The first thing I noticed was that it was open. There were more kids here, happy and playing outside."
Lucy's time at The Children's Home has not been without it's challenges, but after a year-and-a-half she is the first in two generations of her family to graduate from high school! While she may have dropped out of school in eighth grade like her mother, that's where the generational disease ends. She is now in control of her future and plans to attend cosmetology school.
Of course, she loves her family, but she's proud of the different path she's chosen. "I'm not them. I'm me. If I have a daughter someday, I've changed our family history forever."