Theresa Moyer, a health aide at East Elementary School, has a history of helping people in need. Moyer and her husband, George, allowed foster children and recovering addicts to stay in their house in the late 90s and throughout the 2000s.

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Theresa Moyer, a health aide at East Elementary School, has a history of helping people in need. Moyer and her husband, George, allowed foster children and recovering addicts to stay in their house in the late 90s and throughout the 2000s.

My Life, My Words: Theresa Moyer — ‘A calling we have’

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“We (with husband George Moyer) took foster children in from the last 90s to early 2000s. For seven years we had foster children.

“I don’t think we did (have any hesitation), we just felt that we had a home and we had love to share, so that’s what we were supposed to do.

“Our children were grown, our daughter went to college and we felt like we weren’t finished as parents. We both felt that we were led into the direction of foster parenting. We checked into it and the doors opened.

“We mostly (housed) teenagers or the older children, so they had already been taught different ways.”

“I remember that we had around 23 (children total) and some of them were long term, some of them were just overnight or two nights.

“We definitely had to treat them different from our own children. With foster parenting you have very strict rules. You have to listen to the state rules and things, so it’s a little bit different, but not totally. You just love them through what they’re going through mostly. Let them know that no matter what you still love and care for them.

“Some of (the reward) has been the outcome of where they are now. We have one young girl who had a lot of struggles and is now in college in Boston, going for her civil engineering degree.

“She wasn’t with us when she went onto college, but we still keep in contact and she’s an amazing young lady.

“More recently, we’ve taken in adults that have been recovering addicts or alcoholics.

“We did it for about four years. We actually took in a young man who moved here and his family hadn’t come in. He wasn’t in trouble or anything, we just took him in for a little while until he found a place to live.

“Through the church, through (the) Celebrate Recovery (program), we knew of these needs and God just opened the doors for us to help them. They came and lived in our home and got back on their feet.

“We didn’t have any problems. They were very respectful of us. One young man that stayed with us, he was here for a couple of days and we took off on one of our vacations and he took care of our home. We just trusted that things would happen the way they’re supposed to.

“It was very rewarding to help someone that’s in trouble and having difficulty go back into society and live a good life.

“In both foster children and the adults that we helped, you could see them growing and responding to your love and guidance. It was rewarding in that way.

“Our mission has been in health and mercy, and we have my mother living with us. We’re caring for her on a daily basis, so that’s our new endeavor as far as opening our home to people.

“It’s just a calling that we have, and as a couple we’ve both been led in the same direction. I don’t think everyone can do it, but there are a lot of people that would do it.”

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