I grew up in South Carolina, and apparently the Southern girl still lives in me. I graduated from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, in 1989. After a year-and-a-half in seminary in Due West, I had a missions experience in Savannah, Georgia for 10 months. This led me to Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY, where my whole life changed. Depression kept me from staying on track in my Master of Social Work program, so when a conflict arose between the Carver School of Church Social Work and the seminary administration, I found myself unable to finish before the program graduated its last students.
I moved on to the University of Louisville and completed a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology. I worked part-time at the Volunteers of America Family Emergency Shelter (Tingley House), before the depression struck again.
I spent two years living with my parents before finding the love of my life and moving to Canada. Talk about culture shock!!
Since being here, I’ve worked as a social research assistant, a community support worker for people with disabilities, in programs for men and women being released on parole, and in an open custody program for youth.
But amazingly enough, the one thing I’ve been able to hold onto is hope. I’m learning a lot about it–how to live in hope and how to pass it on to others. I hope this blog is some small effort in doing that.