Inspiring Stories

Meet Claudia

Independent Living

Claudia was born in Peru, but she and her family fled corruption and immigrated to the United States when she was 8 years old. She moved to Kentucky with her mother and two younger sisters. While her mother worked, Claudia was raised by her neighbors. The transition to her new country was challenging...

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Meet Erin

Adoption

Erin was one of the first children adopted through our Mary Kendall Adoption Program. Read her perspective on her experience as an adopted child here.

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Meet Terry

Residential Treatment

Terry spent his childhood desperate for affection. He felt no love at home from his mother who was an alcoholic and drug addict...

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Meet Leslie and Ronnie

Residential Treatment

When 10-year-old Ronnie learned that his parents had been killed in a car accident, he went into shock. His younger siblings Billie, Vickie and Leslie were now relying on him. "My parents taught me to take care of everyone," he says. "I remember going to bed that night and asking God, 'what is gonna happen to us?'" Ronnie said. "And I can't explain it, but a calming presence came over me."...

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Meet Celie

Independent Living

Celie's painful childhood made her an angry, resentful teenager, but KyUMH gave her keys to succeed and her dream job working with kids like her.

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Meet Nikki

Community Based Services

Nikki grew up in poverty with no mother. She faced domestic violence and sexual assault, and found escape as a teenager through drugs and...

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