Stories Archives

Meet Duke

He was born prematurely at just 25 weeks, weighing 1 lb 15 oz at birth. During his 5-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Duke experienced a severe brain…

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Jack and Michael’s Story

Newly retired Mike was just getting used to the idea of a slower paced life, and Carrie was excited to start working at a new job. They had just committed…

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Richardson Family Story

Life was just getting started for newlyweds Bryan and Brianna. They were settling comfortably into their new routines as a married couple, and Brianna was busy getting acquainted with her…

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Herrington Family Story

Angela and her husband were excitedly preparing for the birth of their daughter, Maeve. Following a typical pregnancy, Maeve came into the world with a surprise diagnosis of epidermolysis bullosa…

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Yo Sé La Verdad

Three young siblings play in front of a Tacoma elementary school, climbing on a low wall and posing for photos. They smile, laugh, run around, and hug their mom. People…

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I Choose

Sometimes your best friend becomes your worst enemy. Food began as Bri’s friend. It extended its welcoming embrace, sheltering her from all of her troubles. It was there for her…

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I AM MINE

Alexander suffered extensive trauma from a very young age. When he was sixteen Alex was adopted and moved to Tacoma. Despite the difficulties he was going through he reached out…

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I Found the Light

Nakita and her six year old son, Aziah, haven’t had it easy the last few years. Fleeing domestic violence left them feeling unsafe and not sure where to turn. Aziah…

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I See My Beauty

Lauryn had always struggled with seeing her worth. Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive tendencies dominated her thinking, and therefore, her life. She was able to keep things more or less under control…

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We Got Through

Can you imagine trying to navigate the challenges of parenthood without the pivotal tool of communication? Keri never considered that communicating with her young daughter Aubrey could be so difficult.…

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I Found My True North

Chloe became a mom at 17 years old. She vowed at that time to break the intergenerational cycles of abuse and neglect that have plagued her family for many years.…

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I Found Strength

“Take a deep breath, let it go, and move forward” has become Chris’ motto. She even has a plaque on her desk at work to remind her of this every day.…

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I Found Hope

At her low point, Amy found herself homeless and not able to parent her children. “I had mental health problems my whole life and never took care of myself. It…

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I Am Enough

Meygan’s life has been anything but easy. She spent a lot of her childhood with her family fractured – her brother was living with her grandmother, she and her sister…

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I Found My Wings

As a young girl, Lucy loved to draw dragons and run around dressed up like them. At 16, she’s found herself face to face with a different kind of beast:…

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We Are Strong

Jack came into the world at just 28 weeks gestation, and after a long 3 month stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, he came home with an NG feeding…

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I Am Determined

As a single mom, Charity often found herself stressed out and overwhelmed with taking care of her three kids. When she started getting phone calls from her daughter Emily’s school…

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I Am Worthy

When Chloe entered high school and started feeling concerned about her weight, she decided to make some changes to what she was eating. She saw the weight loss results she…

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We’ve Gained Strength

It was an ordinary Tuesday when Mary and Michelle got a phone call from Mary’s son asking them to drop everything and pick up their grandchildren from Child Protective Services…

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Love Makes A Family

Ashley and her husband, Aaron, were excited to grow their family by opening their hearts and their home as a fictive family placement for Shelby, who needed a temporary home.…

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Jack’s Story

Newly retired Mike was just getting used to the idea of a slower paced life, and Carrie was excited to start working at a new job. They had just committed…

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