Pathway of Hope - Success
Pathway of Hope in Sioux Falls
Cassy's orgins come from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in south-central South Dakota. She does not, however, remember much about it; only remembers sitting at her dying mother's bedside. Everything else, she recently shared, was pretty much a blur.
Cassy was soon sent to foster care where, at nine-years-old, her new-found parents relocated to Tucson, Arizona. She remembers this as being mostly a happy experience--watching waterfalls during family outings--when they "took to the mountains." After five years, this serenity came to a halt. Her foster mother took to drugs...and was lost. When she was located sleeping in the desert, the state removed Cassy from her foster family. At 14-years-old, Cassy returned to Sioux Falls, South Dakota--to an unsupportive family.
As a young adult, life was hard for Cassy. She married, only to be in a controlling and abusive environment. Pregnant with her fifth child, Cassy remembers running through a corn field while her husband tried "to run me down." She added, "The only way to survive was to get away." With resolve, Cassy packed up her children and left; though her husband's stalking forced Cassy to always be in hiding.
Cassy recently stated, "I struggled within mysel;" adding that alcohol addiction and homelessness took their toll. She shared, "I knew I needed help...[Pathway of Hope] was my last resource for reaching out." While living in Bishop Dudley's Hospitality House and utilizing resources from Sioux Fall's Salvation Army, Cassy met Darlos Cook--Pathway's Case manager.
"All my life people say, 'Cassy, you need to trust people'--no I ain't" retorted Cassy. But she quickly conceded that Darlos "doesn't hold my past against me--not judgemental...she sat down and actually visited with me."
When asked what receiving the Pathway Certificate meant to her, Cassy replied, "It gave me a sense of accomplishment. A lot of people didn't give me a chance to prove myself...she [Darlos] did!"
This is how we begin breaking the cycle of poverty within our community. Won't you join with us in making families facing circumstances like Cassy's a success? Donations are needed to help fund this exceptional program in Sioux Falls. Contact Marcie Priestley at 605-338-6649 ext 317 for more information.