“I don’t believe I fully thanked you and all that you have done for me when others gave up on me. It was you who truly believed. I look back on those days and how weak I became, my identity was broken.
I’d hide behind my name. I knew I was struggling and I had been in battle for far too long. How could I overcome this war if I was afraid to be strong?
You made me feel worthy, more than I’ve ever felt before. When I pulled away you pulled even more. I don’t know where I would be or if I would even have come this far, but Ibero gave me the tools and finally molded me into the person I am now. Some days seem so bright. I never did feel whole, but the one thing you saw, that I failed to see in me was my great potential.
Sometimes you grow up and it’s so easy to forget what people do, but you were a great factor in my life and I truly want to thank you. You are my friend, my teacher. Images of that scared girl I still see, but now I help others find their potential just like you have helped me.”
(Developmental Disabilities Division)