Elizabeth speaking with mic in hand at stand up and speak out event

Elizabeth Speaking at the May 8th Stand up and Speak out event at Alba Park for
Mental Health Awareness Month

I was raised in a dysfunctional household. My childhood was full of bad experiences including being bullied by my peers as well as other negative experiences which caused me to feel absolutely worthless. I was diagnosed with PTSD and General anxiety. On August 15, 2014 I met with Lezley Sanders, a sexual assault advocate and a board member of Compass House. That day she
took me to Jackson County Mental Health and then she drove me to Compass House.

I did not know anything about Compass House, but it turned out to be a lifesaver for me. The friends I made at Compass House are a family to me. Also I learned I am worthy of love and respect. In September of 2014 I received my food handler’s card through Compass House, and I have worked in the Culinary Unit as well as other areas of Compass House. I received a scholarship from Compass House to attend a Peer Support Specialist training at RCC. A few months later I was chosen as the first female recipient at Compass House to receive the WiLL scholarship to attend the Community Health Worker program at RCC.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be a WILL recipient. I learned a lot from the program at RCC. I also met my future husband in the class. We were married on September 12, 2015 and I have found true love. My partner is supporting my educational goals. I know Compass House will always be there for me as well. NAMI has recently awarded me a scholarship to assist me with my education. I am enrolled at RCC and plan on getting my nursing degree. Upon graduation, I plan on working as a psychiatric nurse.

Thank you for supporting Compass House.
Elizabeth A.