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
Anna Marjorie Jansen-Pearson, RN, BSN