“The greatest thing I’ve learned from Lad Lake is that my hard work will one day pay off.”

Throughout her life, Teresa has encountered many obstacles. And yet, she’s faced every one of them with maturity, courage, and a determination to succeed. One of her most difficult hurdles was growing up without much support – something that changed when she entered Lad Lake’s Independent Living program.

“I’m so fortunate to work with Lad Lake’s caseworkers,” says Teresa. “Before I met them, I had no support system. Lad Lake has opened my eyes by showing me my good deeds don’t go unnoticed; that there are people in my life who do care about me.”

An exceptional student, compassionate volunteer, and hard worker, Teresa is dedicated to achieving her dream of becoming a corrections officer.

“The greatest thing I’ve learned from Lad Lake is that my hard work will one day pay off,” she says. “What keeps me motivated is that I really want to be successful. I motivate myself by feeding my inner drive so that someday, through hard work, I’ll see my dreams come true.”

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