“The Greg I am picking up today is not the same Greg I first brought to you.”  This was the statement made as Greg’s mom stopped by to say thank you.  Greg had graduated earlier that day, and all you had to do was look at this mother to see how proud she was of him.  She was beaming.

 Last year at this time, her face told a different story.  “If he doesn’t make it here, I don’t know what I’ll do with him.”  Like the other boys, Greg was in the pattern of getting into trouble at home and at school; and, like the other boys’ parents, Greg’s mother was completely frustrated and discouraged.

 Greg very quickly became a leader in the Billingsley Home.  He was admired by the other boys for his athletic ability.  We praised him because of his improvement at school.  As Greg made wise choices and changed his behavior, his mother began enjoying him at home on the weekends.  Despite the typical ups and downs that come with being in Sheridan House, Greg was showing steady progress.

 “The Greg I am picking up today is not the same Greg I first brought to you.”  Without having to say a word, the smile Greg’s mother wore told the whole story.