Five Acres — 130 Years of Service

Five Acres — 130 Years of Service


I needed a lot of guidance Five Acres was able to help guide me and helped me to find who I was I Feel like Five Acres has given me a second chance. So I I feel like they’re increasing chances for kids to make it well brought me in this field period was just Growing up in this field when I came here primarily because when I was like 10 years old Lived in one of the cottages that I worked in Lived on campus for about a year and a half until I went to the group home, that I’m working at now I was in foster care for about six months to a year when I was five I lived with my parents from six ’til 12 days before my 12th birthday at one point I decided to make call I called social services because I knew that my mom was incapable of taking care of us we weren’t going to school and if anything we had a better chance of Making something out of ourselves going into foster care. Well, I lived at Five Acres So I guess that was the the catalyst I guess like me being in Five Acres and growing up in the system kind of Introduced me to this world. I started off working here in 2009 after school for about a year then I Worked in the cottage for about two years on campus and then I’ve been at the group home for the past six years It’s like a big full circle Seeing the different staff that I encountered, you know throughout my life It kind of inspired me to be like hey They actually helped me I like the way that they approached me and I kind of wanted to be that for somebody We found Five Acres because I went to a Raise a Child event what we went to it and we sat in the front row and we like literally I was sobbing so loud that I distracted the speaker and like he started crying and so I really you know, we made a splash there and then we like totally ignored it and didn’t go for another year and then When we came back we met with different agencies and didn’t really click with the one that came to our house, but then Ivon from Five Acres came over and Just kind of changed everything she drove an hour and a half in the rain to come and do a private Introduction, you know just laid it out She was very direct about how many kids needed foster homes which was twenty-two thousand in Los Angeles she sat across from us and she said “if you two don’t do this, who will?” To be honest with you because no one understands us, yeah, I guess a lot of us choose not the best way to cope Going through the foster system is scary and it can make you feel very alone Very No kid wants to feel unwanted, you know living in a household Some of my co-workers know that I used to live here and some of them don’t when I first got to Five Acres that day, I sat in a quiet room and I just cried because I was like Where am I? Who are these people? Who is here to care for me? Nobody. I would say when the siblings came the first night one of them was so small and so Just needed somebody to hold her. She was just so alone in the world and the other one wouldn’t sleep I had to stay up until 4:00 in the morning because she was afraid to go to sleep and she Didn’t know how to nap We watch Sesame Street until she finally closed her eyes because she couldn’t keep them up anymore And I realized, God this kid has been so alone. She’s so scared that was like Oh
We can give her this. We can at least give her a place where I will stay up with her until she falls asleep And I can do that at least Are you crying? –Yes That’s when you know is when you cry because you love these kids so much to do anything for them So having that one consistent person to show me you know, hey I just met you but I care about you. They need to be able to trust that You’re gonna be there–That adults are good–that they’re good that you can connect, you can laugh together You’re gonna play and that, you know, they can jump in your arms and feel okay It’s almost like Five Acres is like my parents–like, almost. It’s like I just want to make them proud Want them to be able to tell the story about me like oh, that’s our kid, Mike he made it and So can the rest of the kids, so he’s just one of the beginnings Something somebody can do is volunteer. I mean, spend a day with the kid–even those few hours Like it will make a difference in that kid’s life Even if–I mean, we want you to see them again– But even if you don’t, they will remember that because they need a companion They need somebody that cares about them you know spend some time with them (man speaking) Donating is just huge by itself period because it gives kids a lot to Experience things that they wouldn’t be able to do if people didn’t donate whether their money or time People don’t have to donate time or money, but the people who do you know, they deserve a great applause you know what I’m saying? Because they don’t have to do that, but they decide to do it What you can do for foster kids is open your heart and take that first step Five Acres can help you do that. Make the call, talk to anybody who’s there, any social worker can tell you the first thing that you can do– which is Even consider it. (Woman speaking) And you can give yourself that opportunity and learn what it would take but you know you’ve planted that seed and somebody’s gonna come by and water it even if it’s just one little drop… because eventually it’ll sprout. It will. (Man speaking) That’s probably why this company thrives and has been here for so long Because they continue to do stuff like that which helps kids become successful. Give them a direction, make them not feel lost. She can always come back to: my caregivers love me. They’re gonna love me forever. I’m gonna be okay no matter what happens You

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