Suicide. Sadly, the town we are staying in experienced several teen suicides in 1 year. Yes. Enough to bring in the government to investigate. Which is a pretty big deal. And this town isn’t alone. Suicide is a nationwide concern that doesn’t discriminate age, wealth, gender, etc. Because suicide is based on emotions. And we all have them. That’s why, I advocate for more proactive … Continue reading Day 4
So we are outside of Pittsburgh, Pa and I randomly asked a teen, “What is the biggest teen issue in this area?” Her response, “Opioids. Some many of my friends use.” I asked, “Why?” “I don’t know. There’s nothing to do. We are stuck here and I don’t know. They start. Get addicted and the treatment doesn’t help.” “What’s missing?” “I don’t know. But it … Continue reading Stories Align
“Can’t you just relax,” my husband stated firmly to me this morning. I was shocked by his comment. I mean we are close to Pittsburgh and I just wanted to go visit the city. It was calling me. But it wasn’t calling everyone. Nope. Everyone wanted to relax. So that’s what we did. We hung by the campsite. Instead of tramping through the city, we … Continue reading Day 2
I heard the train once and ran the other way. The Emmaus train has called people for years. The whistle blows through the town announcing its presence. Every hour the sound echoes through the community as if to say, “I am here. Are you ready?” In spring/summer of 2014, I heard the low sounds of whoo whoo whoo in my ears. It is … Continue reading I welcome all feelings.
Most people just are like whatever, yes there is a problem, and move on with life but not me. The past four years have shaken me so hard that I have decided to drive across country to raise awareness about teen issues, mental health and what’s going on with our nation right now. My trip has mapped out to be about 4,000 miles! Now through … Continue reading This is not normal.
This trip is being determined by many things but one pull is to discover what’s going on in the United States with our youth and how leaders, cities and individuals are supporting this generation! Our Road Map We are leaving on Saturday June 24 and we are heading west to San Fran then returning to Allentown, PA by July 15th. Please check out our Instagram … Continue reading Where are we going?
Emmit and I. Family means a lot to us. I mean a whole lot. When E fell ill with anxiety and depression, we put the breaks on and supported his needs. His request was simple. Listen to me! E described his school experience, his challenges with the curriculum and what he wanted very clearly and we listened. Now I completely understand not everyone can do … Continue reading Emmit and I