VOICES OF RISE

"... I still have what you [LaShea] have taught me. I'm helping others talk about their problems and encourage them to release their feelings and not to hold back." D.S.

"I believe my best teachings about my negative ways and thoughts have been obtained from you [LaShea] and [Shavonne]. Thank you for your time, patience and all efforts put into my change and recovery." C. W.

"I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how much you mean to me. Before I met you, my life was in despair. I truly felt I was at wits end. Then you came into my life. From the date of my arrival until now, I knew I had become a part of something special. In such a drab place, you have provided a light bright enough to attract people to you. On behalf of myself and my family I want to say thank you. I feel as if I am a better person because of you. My wife can also see the changes that are ever present in me. I feel that a lifelong failure can now make positive contributions to society. I encourage you to continue to help others as your life goes on. The world would be incomplete without you. " C.H.

"I'm so glad that god sent you [LaShea] into my life. Even though the word ‘Thanks’ doesn't even begin to express my gratitude for all you've done for me; I will say it anyway. Thank you, with all my heart, for truly caring about me and for never giving up on me. As I said to you before, I don't know how such a little person is able to carry such a big, caring heart around like you do; but I'm glad you do it. I really don't know what would have become of me if God did not make you an angel in my life. So thank you again, with all of my heart!" D.B.

"You [LaShea] have really been a godsend. You've helped me look at a lot of things and you are such a special person. You've been truly blessed with the talent to do what you do. You will always be a part of me. You have given me a second chance. You've given me hope again. You'll never truly understand the happiness you brought back into my life. Thank you." P.H.

“I appreciate everything you helped me with…you encouraged me, you pushed my mind from thinking one way. You all let me know that there is still a chance at life. And right now I have motivation.” G.B.

“I appreciate you [Shavonne] taking the time to make me become more self-aware and more humble.” C.W.

“I just wanted to let you both know your work doesn’t go unnoticed. It is greatly appreciated, you could be anywhere in the world but you all chose to help me and us.” Q.D.

“I just wanted to say thank you [Shavonne] for your support through the raging waters of transition. Looking at myself continues to be both rewarding and a painful process. You bring passion and integrity to your work. Your willingness to be honest is of great value. I just wanted you to know that you have been of great personal help to me. I pray that all your days be filled with the discovery of how wonderful you are.” J. B.

“I know that you [Shavonne] and [LaShea] thought that I would forget about y’all, but how can I when it is because of y’all that I have taken a different approach on life. The two of you are very loving and caring and you both are the kind of people that someone like me and others like me need in our life. I can admit there were times when you didn’t understand what I was going through but you didn’t turn your back on me, [Shavonne], and I just want to say thank you.” V.B.