Brookwood Florida provides a home for girls, diverted by abuse, neglect or family dysfunction, in which they learn to be self-sufficient and successful. With our unique four-part program the girls develop the skills, self-identity, and maturity needed to return to their families or live independently.
I was born in Bulgaria and lived in two different orphanages before I was adopted, with my sister, by a couple from Sweden. We moved to the U.S. and life went smoothly until I was in the 8th grade. I harbored so much anger and hate toward my parents; I started skipping school, sneaking around with boyfriends, wandering down dangerous streets in the middle of the night, and telling so many lies I began to believe them myself. I was very depressed and hospitalized 8 times. I left home when I was 18 and my mother told me to call a shelter or call Brookwood. I chose Brookwood and that call changed – and saved – my life!
I have now lived at Brookwood for 9 months in the apartment on campus – the highest privilege level at Brookwood. The counselors have helped me identify things I like about myself and learn to take responsibility for my actions. My family relationship has greatly improved- I now love myself and them, too. I work at a local hospital, and Brookwood is teaching me how to budget my earnings and save toward my independence. Instead of becoming another sad statistic I now have a bright future for myself within my family and my community. I thank Brookwood for helping me grow up, and showing me how good life can be when you work hard and stick with it.
Current Brookwood Resident