David Holmen’s Story
Orphanage fire survivor recovers at The Children’s Center
The Children’s Center was there for Nina*, who had miraculously survived a horrific fire in Central America. This tragedy was yet another blow for a young woman who had endured a life of poverty, abuse and neglect that ultimately had her placed in an orphanage. She was coping with intense physical pain and the emotional agony due to the loss of her friends when she was flown to the United States for emergency medical treatment. Her stay was extended due to her fragile condition.
With no family, she was placed into a Children’s Center Host Home where she received trauma-informed, compassionate care while continuing her medical treatments. She is now a U.S. Resident, is studying English and learning to drive a car. Nina* thrived in her new environment and is so grateful to the care she received that she is planning a career in social services. Her goal is to give back by helping others as others have helped her.
* Named changed to protect privacy of our client
Jim and Marcie Casey have served as Host Home parents for The Children’s Center, Inc. over the past three years. Jim, an engineer and technical writer and Marcie, a nurse, have lived in Galveston, Texas since 1995. Children have a special place in their hearts and lives. in 1985 they adopted a son Carlitos from Columbia at 5 months years of age. They loved and nurtured Carolitos through his young life. In 1994 Carlitos was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome He passed away from this chronic illness in 2014.
While the healing process is ongoing, the Casey’s choose to continue blessing the lives of other children. In the past three years, they have hosted four young teens in their home. Two are now independent with their own families. The family continues to host two other youth, a boy and a girl, both of whom are high school students. Their compassion does not stop there. Recently, the Casey’s stepped in as “extended family” on three separate occasions to host children for young mothers requiring hospitalization during childbirth. Each of these occasions involved mothers and their children who were being served at The Children’s Center’s Family Crisis Center, an emergency shelter for homeless families. These single parent mothers had no other family support for their children during hospitalization. Homelessness for one expectant mother and her two-year old daughter stemmed from her flight from domestic violence.
Another expectant mother’s husband had been detained after an immigration raid on his employer, stranding her and her four and five-year old children without support. The third expectant mother, a youth herself, was referred by the Galveston Police Department, as she and her two children had been abandoned and were living on the streets.
Marcie best expressed the Casey’s feelings, “To us all of these moms and children are wonderful and deserving people”.
We thank Jim and Marcie for their ongoing contributions to the lives of children and families.