Fighting for Health and a Loving Forever Home
Sam (previously Molly) grew up in a dysfunctional home environment. As an adopted child, their home was unlike what we usually picture of adopted family life. After the adoption, the family felt Sam didn’t fit the image they had imagined for their child. Sam had learning disabilities, autism, mental health issues, and is a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Sam experienced abuse and became estranged from the rest of the family.
Overcoming the Past
Despite the strained relationship with their adopted family, Sam had a vision of one day being welcomed into a loving family that supported them. They decided to focus on their mental health and get to a better place.
It took Sam many years to overcome their fear. They were often told that they couldn’t do things because of their disability, mental health issues, and more. They had amazing supporters that helped Sam get to where they are today.
Starting Over at a New School
When Sam started with Grad Solutions, their entire education experience changed. It was unlike a past school where students were mostly left to do things on their own. At GS, Sam received the support they needed to finish school.
Sam was selected to share their experience at our 2022 graduation ceremony. “I want to thank David Ulm, my mentor, for getting me through school and encouraging me each day to get my schoolwork done,” says Sam.
One thing Sam has learned is that anything is possible —if you want it bad enough. They want to thank Melissa, their best friend Finn and all the people who helped them through the most difficult parts of their life. Thanks goes to Pam, as well, who saw their capability and how they could shine.
These caring people welcomed Sam with love and encouragement and let them know they would always have a home. Through the encouraging words of those around, they began to see the world differently.
Words of Encouragement
Sam shares some advice for those who are experiencing a difficult life or phase of life. You can listen to Sam’s speech at graduation here.
The Grad Solutions team is honored to serve students like Sam who are looking for an accepting environment where they can learn with support and peace of mind to focus on learning. For those who are struggling just to get through the hardship of everyday life: things are hard but they will get better, please don’t give up!
If you are an Arizona student who has dropped out of high school, we would love the honor of helping you change your life’s direction.