Success Stories

Success Stories

Sally had been a resident of Emerald house, the transition home maintained by MFS for people coping with mental illness and working their way back into community life.  Sally, now living in the community and asked how this MFS program had helped her, said: “Having the staff right there.  That’s the main thing that was helpful. 

I was suffering from depression, anxiety, and agoraphobia. Starting the In SHAPE program wasn’t easy for me -- having to meet people at a certain time, go to a gym where there were a lot of other people, and discuss myself with a mentor. But my first mentor was a perfect match for me.

Dale, 32, is the single father of an 11-year-old daughter.  Dale also is alcoholic.  When Dale came to Monadnock Substance Abuse Services, he was in danger of losing his job and was worried about his daughter.

This past spring vacation, the Kids InShape program took a group of 12 participants between the ages of 10-16  to Camp Takodah to work on many skills such as team and relationship building, trust, listening and communication, increasing self-esteem, self-regulation and self-control, to name a few. 

Tony came to MFS at age 5 as a wild child, in diapers and still drinking out of a bottle.  Therapists worked that summer getting him ready for school and by September he was able to attend elementary school in Keene.

Kay was dealing with depression and was homeless when Melanie Diehl, her caseworker at Monadnock Family Services, entered her life.  Kay was “skittish” at her first meeting with Melanie, but she soon discovered she had an ally in her efforts to right her life.