While attending Love Thy Neighbor culinary classes, Michelle, age 21, was completing court-ordered programs, counseling sessions and night courses, in order to regain custody of her two children, ages 2 and 6. During this time, Michelle faced several serious medical problems which required hospital stays. She was a single mother whose days were spent getting her children up and ready to go to school and daycare, attending classes herself, picking up the children, studying while preparing dinner and attempting to spend quality time as a family. Michelle was living in a shelter with no transportation but busses available, and her days were stretched to the max.
Michelle’s shining moment came when she stood before a judge to see where she and her children would finally land. The last time Michelle had faced the judge and some of the lawyers present, the judge was so outraged at her condition and conduct that he threatened to never let her have custody of her children again. What he saw now before him truly had him in awe. Dressed in her culinary uniform, looking like she never had a past, was Michelle. The judge remarked “Michelle, you are such a bright light in my courtroom. I am truly amazed!” In less that four months after beginning with LTN, Michelle is now moving to her own place with both children, loving each new day of her life and continuing to go forward in her education.