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Stories - 2010 Archives

Logan's Family Finds Healing

Fifteen-year-old Logan sits on a concrete bench in front of her aunt’s home. Her aunt and grandmother sit beside her. They chat and smile. Laughter fills the air. Today, it’s easier for the family to spend time together. A year ago, it would not have been possible.

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Paulina is Thankful for BCH

Paulina climbs into the driver’s seat of her new 1998 Jeep Cherokee. For many months, she saved the money she earned working to buy her very first vehicle. The teenager smiles as she grips the worn steering wheel. As she looks through the front window, Paulina sees her dreams come into focus.

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Special Needs? No Problem.

Chase and Dustin are four years old. They sit and play on their classroom floor at BCH’s Fleshman-Pratt Education Center in Thomasville. Dustin is chattering with his peers while Chase is silently, but energetically playing with a toy train. Chase and Dustin are children with autism.

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Following Jesus Is Kourri's Desire

The smile on fifteen-year-old Kourri’s face is genuine. It ebbs from a heart filled with devotion for Jesus. “Everybody has ups and downs,” Kourri says. “Today, my ups are all about Jesus and helping others.”

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Kristin Emerges Into the Light

Behind her closed bedroom door, Kristen cried. The darkness in the room paled to the darkness she felt inside. Her world was out of control.

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Oak Ranch Helps Diffuse Kyle's Anger

For 15-year-old Kyle, mornings at Oak Ranch in Broadway begin with a daily routine. He and the other boys who call Ewing House home rise, get dressed, and prepare their rooms for the day. They make their beds, pick up their things from the bedroom floors and vacuum. A quick cleaning of their bathrooms completes the upstair’s chores.

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Preparing for Life Essential to Robert

Nineteen-year-old Robert has the skillet on the stove. He cracks two eggs into a bowl and swirls them around with a fork, whipping them before pouring them into the hot pan. “I cook once a week in the cottage,” Robert says. “I like corn, and I cook hamburgers and hot dogs. Nothing too complicated.”

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Sedrick Bubbles with Enthusiasm

While Olympic athletes exhibit their prowess at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Sedrick stretches himself to gain greater mobility. The 23-year-old suffered traumatic brain injury as a boy. Years of neglect left his feet and right hand shriveled.

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Sisters Share Hopeful Future

They’re in the oven,” Joianne tells her sister Bria. The elder sibling is making fresh chocolate chip cookies. Bria loves warm cookies. Fourteen-year-old Joianne and thirteen-year-old Bria have lived at Kennedy Home in Kinston for a little less than a year. The sisters have adjusted well, especially regarding their success in school.

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