When I was referred to the home, I was attending Winfree Academy Charter school. I had only a handful of credits to complete before I accomplished my High School diploma. Shortly after I found out I was expecting, I spoke with my school counselor. I expressed to her that the home I was living in was not suitable for my unborn baby, although I was with a loving and supporting family member. I knew I could give my child so much more.

Not long after I spoke with the director, Marthalicia, and was offered a place to live. Not only was it a home but it was filled with people who were full of love, support, and that their priority was to help mothers in need. There were classes to attend like Spanish, spiritual education which helped me a bunch.

It opened my heart over time and brought me closer to God. As well as support groups, and as well as GEMS. I value you everything that I have been taught and learned from the ladies I lived with as well as from the volunteers. The volunteers were great, also Marthalicia and her husband. They treated all the mothers as their own and that is an amazing bond to have and a relationship that will last forever!

Mater Filius has showed me how to be a loving, strong and respected woman who stand for what she believes in; to always follow my dreams, to love myself and my children, to give back to others and to keep Jesus in my heart forever.

I am greatly thankful from everyone at Mater Filius and I am blessed to continue to grow and be the best mother I can be to my child.