I am writing this letter to let you know what a blessing sending my son to Briar Patch has been for him and for me as well. After years of everyone in the school district struggling to try to help him, it was decided that he would go to Briar Patch last March (2016). In just a few weeks of him going there, I could see a huge improvement in his behavior at school and at home. He just continues to get better and better. He is getting good grades and I am proud to say he is not getting in trouble at school. I don't get called away from work, nor do I get phone calls. If there is a problem they handle it. I am so glad that I pushed for him to go to Briar Patch and thankful that Whitehall allowed him to go. They are truly a God send to me!
As this school year comes to an end, I look at my son and where he is compared to where he was a year ago, even six months ago before you and the Briar Patch Ranch came into our lives. I sat in your office crying and I remember saying the words, "I just want my little boy back!" You said to me "Ma'am, I promise you will have your son back"...and you gave him back to me. You have given him somebody to look up to, not just you, but even the older boys (you have already helped) that have taken him under their wing. For the first time in his life, my son is confident and proud of what he has learned and accomplished at school and excited to tell me about it. He is learning to embrace his uniqueness and that it is OK that he is not like everyone else. For the first time in his life, he talks about what he wants to do when he grows up. He wants to be a special needs teacher, so he "can help kids like him". I work hard and do my best with and for him, but the hard reality is, that as a single mom, there are certain things I can not teach my son. He has become such a respectful young man, I could not have done that by myself. Six months ago, when I looked into my son's eyes, I didn't see him anymore. He was hurt and angry at himself and the world and now I look at him and there he is and it makes my heart smile. The circumstances of his life have made him grow up so quickly, in some ways he never got to be a kid. He has such a good heart and he is so smart, he was just lost inside himself for so long and God bless you, you got through to him!