My name is Theresa. When I met Lisa Currier I was a domestic violence survivor at the end of my road. I was traumatized, left homeless on the streets and physically impaired. I had been completely alienated from family and friends and worst of all no one believed me, the abuse was that outrageous. At that very low in my life, my very bottom,
Lisa did believe me, or more importantly at the time, believed that I believed what I was telling her was true. She was the only one that had that level of faith in me to realize that I as a human being and was worthy of her, and anyone else's, faith. My truth as I perceived it, was truth enough to be respected and valued because it was mine. As time passed she encouraged me to participate in the activities of the house (a non-profit house for the homeless community with mental health disorders) that she managed. She took us shopping, she was available to us anytime day or night if we had any type of problem or just needed to talk and took us to any appointment necessary for our well being.
Because of Lisa's encouragement she attended my graduation from Butte college and was kind enough to help me move into my own place. I've had no one, other than myself, and still do. It will take time to build new and healthy relationships because of the domestic violence but the one person support system I have had since the day I met her is Lisa Currier. Her support in every way be it shopping, talking, taking me to doctors appointments, being there because I missed the last bus at night gave me the confidence I needed.
I know now that i am worthy. Lisa did not only do this for me but for all of us in our house, in our own individual ways. I questioned myself recently and came to Lisa, after I left the house she once managed. I asked what should I do? She said, be proud of yourself, I am. I am blessed to have Lisa in my life and many, many others feel the same way. She was, and will always be, our torch in the dark.
Lisa Currier has a way with people that enables her to carry out her passion which, I believe is helping people. She is a true believer in human kindness that shows in her empathy with all types of people. I would like to share my story and how Lisa has helped my daughter. But first some background info.
My daughter was adopted at about one year old. Her birth mom drank while pregnant which caused my daughter to have mental health issues. At age 6 she started medication for ADHD which helped while in a structured classroom, but at recess she had difficulties getting along with other kids. At age 12 she developed a hair pulling disorder as well as a mood disorder. She was given more meds causing her to gain weight. She started wandering off and met street kids and they told her she could live on her own. After living in a group home in Paradise for 18 months she came home but met more issues with following rules as well as struggling with depression. She had self destructive behavior and attempts at suicide. Just before her 18th birthday she agreed to go to a facility in Colorado where she did well, achieving her high school diploma but when she came back home, she made the choice to quit taking meds and became homeless again. Living with a boyfriend, there was a fight and she was arrested for domestic violence.
At one time I had given my daughter Lisa's card and told her this lady helps people like her and her friends, especially when police are called. So she called Lisa and told her of the charges she was facing. She told her that the Judge gave her an order not to go back to the home where the arrest took place. Lisa went with her to court and told the judge that this caused her to be homeless again.
That was the beginning of their relationship, which Lisa is so good at creating with all people. Since then Lisa has helped my daughter by taking her to the County office and helping her get the services she needs to qualify for a program that helps kids get off the streets. My daughter, now 23 has starting taking meds again, going to her appointments with counselors at Behavioral Health and has applied for housing a grant.
Sometimes parents are not able to help their kids because there are too many emotions and past issues that get in the way. Lisa helped me by being that person who goes out and connects with people. She made a connection with my daughter and I am so very grateful.
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