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This month Tell Your Story PRC is repeating some of our popular posts from early days. Don’t forget to ‘like’ the post, share it or leave a comment, when you read!             

Challenge Accepted

For many years, I owned a tutoring business which helped people with learning disabilities.  After I retired, my church challenged members to use $100 to do good in the world. I decided to use the money to help someone in my field. To get started, I called People’s Resource Center in downtown Wheaton. I thought I’d…

Anniversary

Today the Tell Your Story blog is six months old! In half a year, we have created 46 posts with over 3,500 views and 746 visitors. Wow! I had no idea when we started, how much this blog would come to mean to me and all the writers, artists and readers in our community. This…

Uncle Bill

Dear Uncle Bill, I am currently a forty-two year old single mother with a two year old son. I became pregnant in a very emotional time while my mother was in an institution struggling with mental illness. I became romantically involved with my mother’s doctor, who was a married man. The whys and wherefores of…

Ask Kate

Dear Ask Kate, Thank you in advance, should you consider publishing my letter and commenting on it. Five months ago, I learned I was pregnant from a man I didn’t want to deal with anymore. We broke-up shortly after he had found out about the baby. I am now living alone in a tiny, old apartment with…

What is this? Advice Column #2

As a group, our class imagined a character full of fears, dreams and secrets. Our character is a woman from Peoria, Illinois a mid-sized river town in central Illinois. She needs a better job. She’s pregnant, but the baby’s father doesn’t know. She wants badly to leave Peoria, but she is afraid to leave her…

Learning the Word

Maryanna Milton started working at the People’s Resource Center in 2003. Today is her last day at the PRC. She will be greatly missed. I’m not good at goodbye. I haven’t learned the word. See you later. Peace. Ciao. Not goodbye. I’m moving. It’s not my first time. But this move feels bigger. I’m leaving…

Crazy Legs

Dear Crazy Legs, I am twenty-one year old lady who has had a rough life.  I was involved with a man who was in a street gang.  I was pregnant at twenty.  The man that I was involved with was ready to leave the gang and marry me, but he was murdered.  I did give…

Aunt Fanny is Listening

Dear Aunt Fanny, I am a first time letter writer. I have a serious problem and am in need of advice. I’m old enough to know better (40 years old), a mother of a two, and three months pregnant. I plan to carry the baby to term because I am healthy and able to raise…

Service Project

Extra Credit Assignment Mr. Ferguson P.2 My mom is an English teacher at the People’s Resource Center. I volunteered and went twice a week with her for ten weeks as a teacher’s aide all summer. My mom teaches refugees from all over the world. They have a really hard time learning how to write, read,…

Puddles

There once was a boy from Chicago, Who didn’t know how far he should go… “Stop!  Wrong genre, man, you really gotta quit listening to those voices in your head. Begin again.” In the beginning, there was this little boy growing up on the Northside of Chicago.  He liked to jump in puddles.  Whenever it was…

Dear Louise

Dear Louise,   It’s been a lifetime since we talked. I still think of you. I can still hear the smile in your voice and the grit in your silence. Miles and years apart, you are with me. I am teaching now. My students are adults. All ages. Some are immigrants to this country, like…