As warmer weather rolls in, so does graduation season. All over the country young adults are graduating from high school, moving into adulthood, and taking on the next chapter of their lives.

The same is true here at Eagle Village. We have a few high school graduations coming up soon and we couldn’t be more excited as these young adults take the next step toward their futures!

Making it even more special is the fact that when some of our residents graduate, they accomplish something their parents were unable to. They break a cycle.

That was the case for one of our residents who graduated last year.  Unable to attend her ceremony, her father wrote her a letter demonstrating how proud of her he was, how far she had come, and just how far she could go….



You have come a long way, Sweetheart, and I am so proud of you. I can remember seeing you when you were just a baby. I used to come see you and I used to pick you up. I remember you growing up. Even when I wasn’t there, I still got pictures of you as you were getting bigger and bigger – and now look at you! You are a young

lady. Maria, you never gave up, even when it felt like everyone else did. You still hung in there and you never gave up on yourself. And you know what? Neither did I.

I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what the right words are, but I am so proud of you. You did something I

always wanted to do, but I never did. But you, my girl, you did it. Great job, Sweetheart! You did it, and I am so proud of you. I just can’t say that enough – how proud I am of you today.

Now, it’s up to you what you will do from here. Maria, you can be anything you want and I have got your back and I will support you on whatever you decide to do. You can do it! So, shoot for the moon, girl. I’m proud of you. I really wish I could be there, but I can’t. This is the only way that you know that I am thinking about you today, and I want you to know how proud I am of you. Maria, I love you to the moon and back.

My little girl is growing up.




Note: Girl’s name changed to Maria to protect her privacy.