My Smart Story

“As a grateful recovering addict, I have experienced many downfalls in my life but I have also experienced many great things. People label addicts as people who cannot accomplish anything in life, live off the government, but mainly that they are not capable to take care of their children etc.  That is not true because I am living proof. I attended a parenting class offered by Smart from the Start.  The parenting classes helped me to understand my parenting as a sober mother, and how to accept and embrace my ‘new motherhood’ being sober and parenting sober. Now I am in a position to be a role model for my children and other recovering mothers who just needed some extra help….”

Mattapan, Mother of 2

“When I started high school, I was six months pregnant. I was embarrassed… I didn’t know a word of English, and I can tell you it was hard to start a new life, in a different country and pregnant at the age of 14. Since I started the (Smart from the Start) Program, I’m a different person. Smart from the Start has helped me accomplish my goals. I have finished my GED, have a job and am starting college soon. I can deal with challenges day by day… I know my qualities as a mom and a Family Leader.”

Roxbury, Mother of 2

“I didn’t have a father in my life and it was tough. I want to be there for my kid, and Smart from the Start helps you get your life together and learn how to be a good father.”

Roxbury Dad

“I’m a faithful representative of Smart from the Start. I believe in the mission and their staff who have been helping us since the beginning. I feel I am a good example for other families and I want to help other families advocate for their rights!”

Roslindale Mom

“…It doesn’t matter the age or situation, to have women and children in fortunate and unfortunate situations that become one.  I cried, I laughed, and I shared good, bad, happy and sad things….but we all been through similar stories. To hear others’ stories and to overcome from that – to know that I have a program to support mothers and children is the greatest feeling. I LOVE IT!!!!!”

Dorchester Mom

“…My child and I are examples of what Smart from the Start means and what they represent! Before, I knew nothing about this program, and without it, I don’t know what we would’ve done. Not only is (my daughter) learning, but her mother and I are learning right along with her. This program has helped us become better parents, friends and most important. LEADERS!”

South End, Father of 1

“I have witnessed first hand the good in this program and I believe everyone should be able to have it in their community, so I am ready to step up to the plate and do whatever it takes…”

Jamaica Plain, Mother of 3

*Names have been changed for Privacy