The Free Press, Mankato, MN

No Direction Home

December 22, 2013

No Direction Home, Day 3: From prison cell to college campus

She credits the Welcome Inn with helping her climb out of despair

(Continued)

Now, as Herz said, she has her children back. She's living in Waterville and in a new relationship. She'll finish soon with a degree in psychology and plans to start right away on a master's program in counseling.

"I don't think I could have done any of this without going to the Welcome Inn," she said. "I was angry about having to go there. I was mad at my case worker. But everyone there was really supportive. Even on the bad days. Gave me positivity, made me feel like everything was OK."

Because of how far she's come, she said, she has a message to others who are struggling: "If I can do it, anybody can do it. I was at the bottom, and I slowly made my way to the top. I can face any challenge that comes my way."

 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
No Direction Home
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Free Press news updates
Special Promotions
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando
Poll