Megan was just 15-years-old when she crossed paths with a Faith House advocate by accident. It saved her life on so many levels.
"I'm the person I am today,” said Megan. “I have the wonderful husband and family I have because of Faith House. I just never could have pictured it."
Nearly a decade ago, such a scenario would’ve seemed in possible in a young Megan’s life.
"I just wish I could talk to that teenage girl I was, who made bad decision, after bad decision and tell her what (Faith House) told me: I deserve this life, a good life," Megan said.
Megan had already been through so much, a date-rape, a pregnancy, and an abusive relationship. After getting into trouble at school, she was sent to a Faith House advocate, a decision that would shape the person she's become.
"I wasn't ready to hear it, it took so many years, but I heard I was worth more. I see it now," said Megan. "Talking to these women at Faith House meant everything."
Faith House advocates know that early intervention is key. Some of their programs, like "Hands are Not for Hitting," start as early as preschool. Through an animated discussion, they help students think of appropriate ways to treat others.
The Faith House program "Safe Dates" is actually geared towards teens that would have been in Megan's age group when she was drugged and raped over a decade ago. The nationally acclaimed curriculum focuses on preventing dating violence as well as helping a friend who may be a victim.
"Love is..." is specifically designed for teenage girls who may not recognize what a healthy relationship should be. It's a new summer program that is changing lives before it's too late.
It took Megan a series of abusive situations, lasting injuries and nearly a decade of work from the dedicated Faith House advocates to get her life on track but she knows her journey has meaning.
"I'm the person I am today because of that young girl, because of her bad decisions and because the people here never stopped telling me I was worth more," said Megan.