A message from one of our graduates:
In February 2013 I was accepted into Amethyst Place. Even though I was convinced I could never be anything but an addict, Amethyst Place encouraged me to go back to school. I had dropped out in the 9th grade but more than 20 years later I decided to go back despite terrible fears and doubts. I tested into advanced classes and something clicked. I realized that I actually enjoyed school and learning. A new rush for me! With the support of Amethyst on-site tutors, EnCompass mentors, free wireless internet access, and a donated computer from Amethyst Place I got my GED, and was the salutatorian of my class and received two merit scholarships to Penn Valley.
I was named a recipient of the prestigious Bloch scholarship, a four year full ride scholarship to Penn Valley and UMKC. I am three years clean and sober. I graduated successfully from Amethyst Place. If someone had asked me five years ago where I would be today I would not have been able to answer honestly. If you ask me today where I am going to be in 5 years I will tell you with confidence and conviction I am going to be a math teacher. Or maybe an engineer, I haven’t quite decided. But I no longer see myself as a high school dropout, just another addict. I now see myself as a strong woman, highly motivated, and able to do anything I put my mind to. Before I came to Amethyst I was nothing but a case number to the social workers involved in my life. When I moved there I became a person that people cared about and supported and that made all of the difference in the world to me.
Amethyst Place takes care of over 100 women and children every day, and what they do is literally changing lives. Thank you for your support and please come visit us. We thrive when people care about us.