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Total loan: $3,000

Leslie

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New York, NY, United States / Services

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A loan helped to launch a campaign to inform Veterans and formerly incarcerated people to know that there are communication "tools" available to help them to deeply reconnect and heal with their families, partners and loved ones.


Leslie's story

Throughout my life, I have always been highly sensitive to people’s emotional pain. My mother had significant mental health issues, and I helplessly watched her cycle in and out of severe mood swings, delusions and hallucinations. This left me without anyone to share my inner life with, or to have the opportunity to develop my own identity. Through years of my own emotional struggles, and decades of work as a “wounded healer” I have dedicated my life to helping people to explore their feelings and lives, and to provide ways for them to experience their humanity through connection with others. I was employed as a Consultant for the foster care system for 20 years, supervised residences for homeless young adults, worked with the schizophrenic population in a homeless shelter, and worked in an emergency shelter for homeless youth. I have been a Program Director for programs for at-risk youth in the South Bronx, for six years, created, implemented and supervised long-term intensive arts and after-school programs in inner city schools for at-risk youth, for two years pioneered a poetry project at Rikers Island Correctional Facilities for Men and Women, for two years I served as a Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Speaker, presenting to Service Members and their families nationwide, and much more. I have worked tirelessly to develop and launch my communication games – designed to allow people to explore the darkness within with those who want to understand them. Until now, there have been no “tools” to accomplish this. I wish I could have had a tool to connect on much deeper levels with people in my life who I have lost to suicide. I am looking forward to launching a Family game and a Love game for Couples in the future (content is almost complete).