All posts by Danielle Adverderame


Before moving here I grew up with my mom who was addicted to drugs. I rarely attended school because she was never sober enough to take me. At MMS I feel safe because I know the people here really care about me. I am able to go to school and get a great education.

Since I was 7 years old I dreamed of one day becoming a doctor who would deliver babies. I feel that’s what God wants me to be. I think that’s why he brought me to Mountain Mission School. Being here is part of the journey to living my dream. God is making my path straight and I am excited about my future.

— Salome


I grew up in a family of seven kids in a really bad part of Louisville. It was a very hard time for us, especially when my little sister was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. I don’t think my mom was handling it all well, because she started drinking. My dad was just sad most of the time.

I kept wondering where God was in all of this.

My mom went to rehab and all of us kids were sent to different places. I was put into foster care. Later on throughout my life, God turned my life around. God gave me a chance to go to a summer camp. The director knew about Mountain Mission School and suggested it for me since things were not good back at home.

I like it here. I can get all the help I need. I don’t have to stress about home. I can focus on my schoolwork. God is good in many ways.

— Kanyange


Where I lived wasn’t a very safe place. It was just me, my mom, and my sisters. My dad is in prison for doing a very bad thing. We didn’t have a lot of food, and my mom said it wasn’t safe at home, so she brought me to Mountain Mission School.

It is a whole lot better here than I imagined it would be. The food is really good, and I have learned about Jesus and how He watches over me. When I grow up, I want to go to college and then into the Air Force so I can protect people.

Right now, I am here at MMS, but that’s OK because it is a very beautiful and safe place.

— Keyone


My parents brought me and my sister to MMS when I was three.

Growing up here for most of my life, MMS redefined family for me. I am so thankful for the staff. Even though they are not my biological parents, I have felt so secured and loved by them. They believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. They have inspired me to make a difference and pay it forward into the lives of others.

I will be attending George Mason University in the fall, where I will double-major in Business and Rehabilitation Science. I hope to own my own physical therapy facility.

I honestly don’t know where I’d be without MMS. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to grow up here.

— Mae


I feel protected here at MMS. I feel loved here. And I love my teachers here.

They tell me that when I grow up, I can do anything I want. When I grow up , I want two jobs. I want to be a doctor to save people’s lives. And I want to be a scientist to make new discoveries in medicine or in the starts.

I also get to learn about Jesus at MMS. This means I’m never lonely. And if I’m ever sad, I think about Jesus and He always cheers me up.

— Yonatan