College Student, 20 years old
I will always thank God for finding Centro de Compartimiento and this project; it is an honor and a blessing to be part of the CDC family, because truly it is a family where there is love, sisterhood and community. CDC has been a blessing for my growth, along with my family. I have been able to complete one of my goals, finishing high school.
While I lived at CDC, I learned many things about values and leadership as well, how to share, help others and the most important, love. CDC has influenced my spiritual growth and has helped me to believe that we all have the capacity to live our dreams, grow in self worth and have long and short term goals. All it takes is dedication and effort.
High School Student, 18 years old
Centro de Compartimiento has been a great support to me economically, spiritually and emotionally. CDC has helped me grow and look at things in a different way. I was only 16 when I left my house and when I got to CDC the change was like day and night. Living in community has helped me to see many things about myself. I am the youngest in my family and was spoiled, angry, capricious, apathetic and talked back a lot to my mom. After I lived in CDC for five months I began to change, I went home for a visit and it was horrible seeing my family yelling and fighting. I was very sad and I left so they would not see my tears. I got back to CDC and felt the peace and harmony in the house, it is so different from how I grew up. We have meetings where we talked and I learned about the other students families, who like mine, also have many problems, I was not the only one. After seven months I went home again, after another yelling match, instead of leaving I told my mom I wanted to sit and eat with her and I began to tell her what I was learning at CDC. Now after two years in CDC, things are not only better for me, I am no longer so angry, do not yell as much, I am not so apathetic and most of the time I feel happy. At home things are much better. There is not more yelling and the house feels of love and respect. I will continue to grow as I finish my high school, thanks to CDC.
College Student, 20 years old
I came to CDC to attend high school when I was fifteen years old, I am now entering my third year of college studying business and administration. I can say with certainty that I am proud of what I have achieved, not only academically but emotionally and spiritually. I have a better relationship with my family. I have learned to value what I have and I have peace in my heart. Being at CDC was one of the best things that has happened to me and I am profoundly thankful to God for helping me to find the right path. I am finishing a time of healing in my life. Examining my emotional wounds was not an easy decision to make but I knew I was not alone and I had the support I needed to make that next step in my life. I now feel more sure of myself, free and at peace. Today I can forgive and ask for forgiveness. I have learned to take only the positive to build on and to use the negative in my past as challenges to overcome in my life. I would not have been able to do this without the support I received at CDC. I know there is much yet to do, but I am not as afraid as I was in the past, fear motivates me to keep healing. I am now more sensitive to others, more tolerant and feel more solidarity with others. I feel now that it is my turn to share with others what I have learned at CDC.