Two years prior to getting this job my daughter struggled to win her battle with cancer. After more than a year of this struggle she lost her battle. It nearly killed me. I stopped working, lost hope, and had no faith in anything. I battled depression, and slept most of the time.
I have met so many wonderful children that really just brought love back to my heart. These kids have so much life and had been through so much already. As a transporter I get to spend many hours with these children and learn so much.
When these kids come to the House of New Hope they are sad, depressed, scared, confused, and angry. As a transporter I watch these children change from their life style, attitudes, and behaviors. They start becoming more secure. They start smiling, talking, playing, and become more respectful.
The thing I love most about transporting is when they come running to me, give me a hug, and start talking about their week. I hear about the sports they joined, getting A’s on report cards, a good book they read, movies watched, parks, church functions, and anything new and exciting going on in their life. I enjoy hearing the excitement in their voices, smiles when they talk, or baby’s first words and when they start saying sentences. We laugh, joke, play, and just try to make the best out of our day.
Words can’t describe how much my life has changed and the joy that has come into my life from being around these children. I never would have dreamed that being a transporter would inspire me to become a foster parent and lead to an adoption.
I'm still a transporter, just recently became a foster parent and now I am well on my way to adopting my first child. So maybe it could be the other way around for me, maybe I needed these kids in my life just as much as they needed me in theirs. Now, I have a reason to smile and wake up every day again. I'm not ever going to get over the loss of my daughter, but, I am learning to live again day by day.
Transporter for House of New Hope