Solange – Participant

“You are not alone. If you have someone else, you can work together and support each other.”

I came to the U.S. from Brazil in 1997, first in Massachusetts. In 2006, I came to VT with my young family with 2 ½ year old twin boys. I had a car accident. After that I was depressed, not working. Our savings were gone and I was self-employed. During my physical therapy, the doctor shared my story with a social worker at Howard Center. She called and suggested I might find help and relief at Mercy Connections.

I came to Tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, working on English language, practicing pronunciation. It was my dream to learn English – to speak and understand better. Being at Mercy changed my thoughts. I was very depressed. I needed to begin my life again. I realized I needed to take charge of my life. I want to go to school to get my LNA – learn new skills and get a new job.

I love everything about Mercy Connections. More than new friends, more than teachers — it’s a foundation of support. I learned that others have problems, too. You are not alone. If you have someone else, you can work together and support each other. Mercy helps you pull your dreams out. Make your dreams come true.

This is the place that can help people get opportunity, to learn English, to get advice, support. Mercy Connections makes me feel more encouraged to go and do new things. They showed me that I can do these things. Plus – I will call next week to register for classes to begin LNA certification. Mercy Connections helped me identify what I need to begin.