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Mar 14, 2016

Letter to Oak Bridge

The time I spent at Oak Bridge was an experience, because it was my first time in a group home. Before I came to the group home, I thought it was going to be like a jail, but it turns out that it was like home away from home. I met the most wonderful people there. The case manager there is so sweet, thoughtful, fun and always happy. Even if she has a bad day, even if her best buddy is teasing her, she is the funniest person I ever met, and every time I needed to smile or laugh, I’d just go hang out with her. The staff is really awesome.

I spent over a month there, and I’m glad I did ‘cause I wouldn’t have changed. I wouldn’t be the person I am now, because the person I was wasn’t a good person. I was lying, hiding stuff from people because I was so afraid to tell anyone how I really felt inside me, but now since I’ve been there and actually talked about how I felt to the staff there, I could do it now without having people come to me to talk instead.

Anyways, Oak Bridge was home too, because I wouldn’t have guys touching me or worrying about which hotel am I gonna be staying at. I’m not gonna forget them, no matter where I go I’m still going to stay in contact with them.

I love you guys too, dearly, and I miss you guys a lot, but I know I have to move on. 

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