Tyler Fuchs became an Eagle Scout by orangizing a team to clean the YES Home basement.
To whom it may concern:

Hi! My name is Margie Jansen or as I was know by YES Staff, "Punky Brewster". I was at the YES home in the early 1980's, when I was in the 9th grade at Lawrenceburg High School. I thought my story was unique, however after watching your video on you webpage, I see I am not the only person whose life was changed by the YES home experience.

I really owe so much of who I am today to YES Staff! I was a "runner and avoider" of the truth and secretly defiant. The tough love and consistency of the Staff with me, taught me accountability for not only my actions, but for my future. I have taken all those lessons learned and 27 years later, at almost 40 years old I have not forgotten them. I continue to have personal and professional successes, because of my experience there at the YES home. I now have 3 college degrees and I am currently a Registered Nurse in a Critical Care Step Down Unit as well as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I went from no goals or direction as a teenager to an adult who is goal driven.

Although my professional success is important, my true accomplishment is my 14 year old daughter! Not having a role model with my biological parents, I was nervous that I would not be a good mom. Thankfully, my YES home housemother Cathy, taught me skills that would last a lifetime. Her guidance and direction in my life continues into the next generation. "Boundaries, Accountability, Goal Setting, Consistency and above all Unconditional love" are all skills I learned from the YES Staff and I continue to use them with my own daughter.

Would you please forward this on to the YES Staff, I would like to thank them for all they did for me then and all that they continue to do...it makes a difference! My story could have been very different if it wasn't for them.

Anna Marjorie Jansen-Pearson, RN, BSN
Youth Encouragement Services, Inc. | James B. Wismann Youth Home | 11636 County Farm Road | Aurora, IN 47001 | 812-926-0110