Debbie and Jeff Sherrick have been House of New Hope treatment foster parents for the past 20 years. Specializing in challenging teen boys, the Sherrick’s had accepted a 15 year-old foster youth into their home. This teenager… who we will call “Larry,” (not his real name) had been removed from his home due to a history of parental abuse and neglect. As a result of his traumatic childhood, Larry was hurt, angry, couldn’t keep friends and physically aggressive; as evidenced by more holes in the walls than you can shake a stick at.
The other day, Debbie received a letter from Larry “out of the blue.” It has been more than 5 years since they last saw one another, but Larry, now 22 years-old, felt an overwhelming need to reach out to the foster parents that had sacrificed so much in their commitment to him as a seriously emotionally disturbed teen. Here is the letter…
“Hey Debbie its (Larry) I just wanted to tell you thanks for everything. And sorry for all that crazy (stuff) I put you through. I’ve seen you around and was scared to come talk to you. But I just wanted you to know that I know I was an (***hole) and everything when I lived with you. But I was young and dumb and was going through a lot I just didn't like being in a foster kid. I wanted something real. But even though it didn't seem like it looking back on it you vouched for me a lot and I’m doing great. I'm in college and working. I have my own place and life is great. I hope someday you can forget or forgive me on how I was and look at the person I’ve become. Like I said I was young and made a lot of bad decisions. But I would like to meet up. Maybe we can get lunch and talk or meet up. I’ve changed a lot and would love to at least be your friend. Thanks and hope you forgive me and see me good. Well I hope to talk to you soon.”
"You can make a powerful difference in a child's life,” Debbie said. “It’s a way of showing children that they are truly cared about; they are truly valued to our society as a whole. The need is so great and for people that hear the cries of children and meet those needs, it’s a tremendous mission that anybody can play."
Thank you Debbie and Jeff! You are appreciated.