Dakota's Story

For Dakota, grade 5 and 6 were especially difficult. “I used to miss every single assignment,” Dakota said. Fear of making mistakes and being easily frustrated was at the top of her list. Learning to cope with barriers is a learned skill and she found her path to develop to these skills at the Wooster Boys and Girls Club.

She started out receiving tutoring and homework assistance. Dakota’s grades quickly rose. In addition Dakota also developed her character and built life skills. “The Boys and Girls Club staff coached me in facing my fears, organizing my school work and overcoming set backs. These skills, and the homework help, built up my self-esteem.” a more confident Dakota states.

Dakota knows the Club taught her some life lessons. “I’m okay stepping out of my comfort zone. I tackled and overcame some rough spots. I am prepared for High School.”

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There are many benefits to General’s Club, Wooster City School’s before and after school care program. It provides their students with a warm, safe learning environment, as well as a place for students to make friends and build self-esteem. The before school program started a walking club. One student, who attended General’s Club in the morning, was not as physically active as most of the other children. She was certain that she would never achieve 100 laps like the rest of her friends. With the encouragement of staff and friends, within two months, she did just that. The joy and happiness on her face when she reached her goal was priceless!

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At MOCA House I have mad friends in places where I never would have looked. They have excepted me and helped me through so many emotional battles. It’s nice to know you are never alone!

MOCA House is a place where people cultivate hope and compassion. It’s a place where I learned to see a future and start rebuilding my life with the help of my peers. Truly a great place.

MOCA brought out creativity that was within me. There’s a lot of support at MOCA and gave me tools to help to deal with what life throws at us and how to manage life issues.

MOCA House has helped me a lot by giving me the support that I need. I have learned so much about my mental illness. The stuff that I learned has helped me in my recovery. If it wasn’t for MOCA House I would be in a very bad state of mind and not even know why. I wouldn’t have the knowledge of mental illness if it wasn’t for MOCA House. I would refer anybody that has a mental illness or wants to learn about how to take care of someone with a mental illness to come to NAMI/MOCA.

I would like to share what MOCA has done for me. First, I want to share my background. I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder two years ago. I kept to myself for one and a half years. I am now finding the support I need from MOCA House. I started out small by attending the Monday night support group. I then gradually started coming on Fridays for lunch. It has provided me a place to share my love for baking by bringing a dessert to share with everyone. The staff and peers all enjoy lunch together along with playing games. The joy I have received from MOCA has given me a purpose to continue in my recovery and to help others in sharing my story.

With help from MOCA House I have learned some new and better coping skills. I am learning how to communicate with others in a healthy way. I get the human contact that I need. I have been very busy getting better and MOCA has helped me immensely.

MOCA House has been and still is an extremely positive experience for me. I attend support groups each week. All of the people at MOCA House truly care about you. I’ve met many new friends and I trust everyone. I have been able to socialize and be interactive with other people. It’s a place where you can be open and not be judged by anyone.

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