I couldn't let today pass without giving you my sincerest thank you for everything that you have done for my daughter. She is a completely different person from when she first stepped into Harmony a little over a year ago. She is bright and vibrant again with the chance at a promising future ahead and honestly you gave us hope when I didn't think that there was any left.
It's hard to see a child decompensate before your eyes more so when it's your own and I didn't know what else to do. I didn't even think that a place like harmony could even exist. It takes a village and harmony proves that. We worked it out through every situation that presented itself.
I thank you for always patiently hearing her out and giving me the time to vent during all the bumps in the road. Most importantly you helped mediate without taking sides. You've taught her to deal and cope with a lot of the deeper issues she struggles with and I see how she carries that with her now.
You have been so much more than a therapist, you've been a dear friend and a confidant. You helped me grow with her and my world is a better place because of it. Although she is sad and will miss everyone tremendously it is her time and she knows it.
Wishing you a wonderful end of summer. Hoping that you never stop the amazing incredible work that you are doing because believe it when I say… You are changing the life of every single girl that walks through your door and making second chances possible. Eternally grateful in being able to see for myself that hope really does happen and to you for showing us the way.
Thank you for the miracle.
A Grateful Parent
The next and probably last time I will see you is coming, graduation day, and I had a few things I wanted to share with you before our experience at Harmony came to an end. I know it will be so busy at graduation and I may not have time to chat with you.
I just wanted to express to you how forever grateful we are that you accepted [our daughter] into the school three years ago. I have this image in my memory of a huge stack of folders and paperwork that you pointed out to us at [our daughter’s] interview, and you said it represented all of the applications for placement at Harmony. You had said that only a handful of those applications could be excepted because of space and resource limitations. I remember feeling heartbroken for those that would not be selected and also desperate to have [our daughter] be one of the lucky ones to be accepted. I remember crying on the front steps of the school as we left the interview, because you said the magic words to [our daughter], “We would like to offer you a spot at Harmony."
We had just come off the worst year in our lives; the year our seemingly healthy daughter fell apart before our eyes. We felt so helpless and alone during that year. I remember researching online about [our daughter’s] problems and one day I came across the Harmony website. As soon as I read the website I knew in my heart it was where [our daughter] belonged and where we would find support. The slogan "Hope happens at Harmony” was like a beacon of light calling us from the endless or darkness we were in.
I have no doubt that if [our daughter] had not started at Harmony and gotten the support that she did we may very well have lost her. [Our daughter] still struggles, but she leaves Harmony with a tremendous set of skills she did not have when she entered. She has learned to trust the therapeutic process she is currently working hard with a new therapy outside school to try to overcome some issues still haunting her… It's a new therapist, and [our daughter] isn't totally comfortable with her yet but she recently said, "well I didn't like Karen at first and now I love her, so I'm going to stick with this." She learned that at Harmony.
It is my greatest wish that in time you will see [our daughter] return to visit harmony and she will be feeling good and functioning at a high-level, and a big part of that will be because of the base she got at Harmony… You are changing and saving lives. You are important and you are appreciated more than you can ever know.
Thank you for everything, Lori.