December 1, 2004
To Whom it may Concern:
Let us begin by saying that it is very difficult to express
in words (certainly without crying) just how grateful we
are to Mark and Cheryl for their wonderful program at The
Whitmore. Ten months ago, we made a decision to send our
son, XXXXX, to The Whitmore. As hard as it was to send our
son away, we knew that our decision would in some way change
his life forever, hopefully in a positive way. We said good-bye
to a very sad, angry, deeply troubled child who had chosen
to get involved with the wrong group of friends and was experimenting
with drugs in order to make himself feel better. He felt
hopeless and at times expressed a desire to "end it
all" to take away his pain.
During the past 10 months we have had the overwhelming opportunity
to experience our son begin to love himself, to forgive himself
and us for everything passed, to take pride in his schoolwork,
to express his feelings openly and honestly, to learn the
value of family, to become grateful for even the little things
in life, to deal with life and its ups and downs directly
and to simply love and cherish life! Our experience at The
Whitmore has been the most amazing experience we have ever
had as a family.
We have visited XXXXX several times in the past 10 months and come home in awe
of the changes in XXXXX, the love between the kids and the dedication and love
that Mark and Cheryl have to each child in the program. Right from the beginning,
we have had open, private and regular communication with XXXXX both through e-mails
and telephone conversations. We have been encouraged to visit and are welcomed
with open arms both by the kids and Mark and Cheryl. We are Christians (Methodist)
and have NEVER felt that the Mormon religion has been "forced" on our
son. We have NEVER feared for XXXXX's safety or well-being under Mark and Cheryl's
care. XXXXX will openly and freely tell you that his experience at The Whitmore
has been "...the best thing that ever happened to me..."!
Not a day goes by that we are not thanking God for leading us to Mark and Cheryl
and for the wonderful program that they have at The Whitmore. "Love" is
a hard word to describe verbally. One visit to The Whitmore describes the word "love" without
words. XXXXX has chosen to stay 3 months longer than his year, to have the opportunity
to graduate from High School with his "Whitmore Family". He loves Mark
and Cheryl with all his heart and will spend the rest of his life being grateful
and honored to have had this life-changing experience!
Please feel free to contact us personally should you have any further questions.
Thanks for your time.
Bob and Linda Carter
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