Tianna became a resident at Methodist Children’s Home at the age of 14. Today she is a senior at the MCH charter school, looking toward her future and feeling grateful she had a place to grow.
Tianna described MCH staff as being more like mentors. She said she has thrived in the structure MCH provides and feels connected to her staff.
“I have learned this is not just a job to those who work with all the girls in my home,” she said. “They truly spend time with you and try to make a connection. Staff never gave up on me and I feel I have made some changes.”
Bailey Petzold, home life manager at MCH, described Tianna as a natural leader who speaks up for injustices.
“She has so much beauty about her,” Petzold said. “She has an infectious laugh and a desire to work hard. She makes the world and our home a better place.”
Tianna holds a part-time job, participates in community service projects on weekends, and was crowned homecoming queen in 2019, all while taking dual credit classes at McLennan Community College the past two years. She recently was accepted to Tarleton State University.
Tianna said a special memory for her is taking part in MCH summer mission trips.
“It is very moving, both spiritually and emotionally, to be able to get out and help others,” she said. “The Spiritual Development staff have been great with answering questions for me and being part of my growth.”
The most important connection at MCH for Tianna has been the ability to stay close to her brothers. Her older brother comes and visits and is able to take her off campus for some family time. She sees her other brother, who is also a resident, at school and is able to sit with him on Sundays during worship services.
“MCH has done a good job of helping us stay connected as a family and I have appreciated that,” Tianna said. “I believe things would have been completely different if we had not come to MCH. I am glad we did.”
As she approaches graduation, Tianna said she encourages younger MCH residents to “be the best version of yourself you can be. It is important to connect with staff and take advantage of those relationships and the opportunities MCH has to offer.”