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A 71-year-old Vietnamese woman who was sponsored by Catholic Charities about 5 year ago and has studied in our ESL classes since the day she arrived in Harrisburg. Learning English has not been easy for her. She has difficulty understanding what Americans are saying to her, but she refuses to quit her pursuit of improving her knowledge and use of English.

Besides her language problems, She had to face several serious health issues, the worst being diagnosed with breast cancer about a year ago. But none of these concerns has weakened her determination to become a citizen of the United States. In August of 2013, Quyen took the Oath of Allegiance in Philadelphia and has also registered to vote, thus giving her a voice in our American democracy. She lives by the old adage: “She who endures – conquers.”

- Jane Doe

Tiffany starts her story by openly stating that the first 39 years of her life were a waste. She spent all of her time drinking, which was her way of coping with the many let downs in her life.

Fearing for her life, a friend convinced Tiffany to check herself into a 30-day detox program. Upon completion she entered the Evergreen House program. While this was not her first choice, Tiffany ended up residing at Evergreen House for seven and one-half months.

Tiffany credits Evergreen’s staff and their patience with her eventual success in the program. Evergreen’s staff understood what she was going through and eventually became like her family. The Evergreen House program provided the structure and support she needed to maintain her sobriety.

Tiffany credits Evergreen House for a second chance at life and she is determined to have a positive impact on others.

- anonymous
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