Having a teenager isn’t easy. Having to go through a situation where you’re separated from your child and when she comes back home you missed that transition from child to teenager is even harder. When my daughter came back to me she was a whole different person. She had been through a lot and was suffering emotionally and needed an outlet. That’s when I met Ms. Andrea and The Bloom Upstate family. Through out being in the program I seen so many positive changes in my daughter and watched her open up again and start to become happy with herself. There were days that I as a mother was struggling with the transition myself and Ms. Andrea took the time out of her day to sit and talk to me and not only allow me to vent but gave me support and solutions and even the tools I needed to help me get through those tuff times. She would always listen with a non judgmental ear and her sweet spirit was evidence that she was not doing it for recognition but from genuine love for my daughter. Bloom Upstate is an amazing program for the youth in our community. They honestly care about what they do. I’m so glad we were introduced to this program and we will continue to be involved with Bloom Upstate as long as possible.