allisonMy name is Allison. I currently am 18 years old and I have a 19 month-old daughter named Madilynn. I came to the Rockford MELD shelter June 25th, 2012.  So far everything has gone really well. The shelter has helped me become a better mom. It has helped me stay structured and has kept me motivated to do my best in school and look at the positives. MELD has also helped me grow into a better person. I am really glad I came to MELD, and I am really glad that this program exists, otherwise my daughter and I would be living on the streets.

So let me tell you a little bit about myself. My mom and I never had the best relationship. She used to emotionally abuse me and take her anger out on me. I have also witnessed her ex-husband beat her when I was younger. Also, when I was around the age of 11 or 12, I was sexually abused by a family friend. Because of me telling someone about it, I put him away for good so that he can’t hurt anyone else. In January ’09, I lost my dad to a heart attack. When he was around, I always had a good time. I wish he was still here because he was also my best friend.

Before I came to the shelter, I was hopping from house to house, trying to stay in school, graduate, and stay out of trouble. Even though I had a hard time, I made it. I graduated on time and being a teen mom, to me, is a big accomplishment.

I’m on my way to making it to the top. I am currently taking a summer course at Rock Valley College in manufacturing. I am working with CNC Lathes and learning how to handle them. CNC operators are in high demand so after the course is over, I am basically guaranteed a job.  Even though I am getting credentials in manufacturing, I want to major in the criminal justice field. I like the thought of either being a forensic scientist or a Crime Scene Investigator. Just because I had a baby at sixteen, doesn’t mean that I’m going to let it hold me back. I’m going to get a degree and become successful in life.

So to all the young girls and women that are pregnant or have a little one or ones, don’t give up. We are all strong enough to make it through no matter what. All we need is a good support system (like MELD!) and a break now and then.

Thank you for reading!!


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