Music and art will help these teen survivors

Editor's note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency that could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need.

By Sanne Specht

The gifts of music, art and exercise are three things that could help a trio of teens nominated by staffers at the Transitional Living Program.

Molly was raised in a very abusive family in a home far out in the county. She was abused physically, sexually and emotionally until she was 12 years old in that isolated environment.

But one day, one of Molly's teachers called Child Protective Services, and Molly and her younger brother were removed from the home.

Molly now lives with a healthy family member. She is a high school junior, taking advanced-placement classes and receiving straight A's.

Molly enjoys exercising, listening to music and painting. She would like a decent bike to ride, art supplies and an MP3 player.

Jane and her brother were removed from their home by the Department of Human Services following their parents' arrest on drug charges. The siblings were first placed in an emergency foster home. Then they moved in with the family of one of Jane's friends. They have lived with this family for the past three years.

Jane is turning 18 and is on track to graduate high school. She plans on attending Rogue Community College.

She loves taking pictures and uses the family's digital camera. She would really like a digital camera of her own for Christmas.

Jonathon is a 17-year-old who was removed from his home six years ago because of the physical and sexual abuse he endured.

Jonathon is a high school senior on track to graduate. He has received services to help with this abuse, and his own anger issues and depression.

This young survivor has found that playing guitar is a great outlet for him when he feels triggered. He likes playing hard rock and would love a used or brand new electric guitar.

If you would like to help these teens have a happier holiday, please contact Matthew Brody at 541-779-2393, ext. 245.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or

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