JamilaJamila Carter, a young adult from one of Cleveland Christian Home’s Community-Based programs, was the first recipient of the David J. Lundeen Award for Personal Achievement.

With the help of CCH’s specialized outpatient counseling program for trauma victims (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Jamila spent a year rebuilding her life following severe domestic violence in her home when she was a teenager.  This young woman, who has gone from anxiety, severe post-traumatic stress, hopelessness and poor school performance to completing High School and attending college, shared her inspiring story of hope and healing with award luncheon guests. Her advice to youth in similar situations includes:

“Go to therapy because it really helps you look at things in a whole new light. Don’t be afraid to talk about it. Don’t let anger stop you from your own success when other people try to take away from your success. I feel like I’m going to have a positive future that is all up to me and the decisions I make. I feel like a new person.”

Cleveland Christian Home’s Community-Based Services reach children and youth living in the community with their parents or caregivers who have mental health needs or reside in unstable home environments. A variety of services are available – in the home, in Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and through outpatient counseling.