No one in Vernessa Perez’s small family could understand the behavior she began to exhibit as a teenager.
In high school, she began feeling overwhelmed and uninterested in her studies. After dropping out, she began withdrawing from other parts of life. Her days were spent inside, in solitude.
“You want to get away from everyone,” Ms. Perez, now 30, said of her mental state at the time. “You want to be in a hole by yourself. You don’t want to bring out ideas or brighten up everyone. You just want to stay in a corner.”
She said she knew something was deeply wrong, but denial was easier than trying to comprehend the unknown specter of depression. Amid her loneliness, her mother, the lone caregiver in the home, worked long stretches as a home health aide to provide for her children, a job with a salary that barely covered rent. The family moved frequently.
Ms. Perez, who immigrated to the United States from Trinidad at age 9, lived with family and her friends on and off. When she was 18, her instability grew more severe. Ms. Perez stopped grooming herself. Then she stopped eating.
Her mother admitted her to Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, where she was placed on a feeding tube because she had lost a significant amount of weight. Ms. Perez’s mother then moved her into the hospital’s Family Care program, a residential service sponsored by the Office of Mental Health.
Family Care places people with serious mental illnesses into homes with people specially trained and certified to provide residential care. Clients also receive training and other support from the program. Ms. Perez spent almost all of her 20s under its care.
“Family Care provides a life for people who aren’t documented and don’t have anywhere to go, but they have an illness,” said Bill Lampert, the employment coordinator at East New York Clubhouse, which helps adults who have mental illnesses.
In 2013, Family Care connected Ms. Perez to the East New York Clubhouse. The support from outside of her family was important to Ms. Perez, who said relatives, some of whom had also immigrated from Trinidad, had a hard time understanding mental illness.
“It’s not something we’re used to,” Ms. Perez said in an interview last month. “It’s something new to us. It was new to me, too.”
The Clubhouse is run by Brooklyn Community Services, one of eight organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund.
“We did so many things with her,” said Katrina Grant, the Clubhouse’s program director. “She’s met a lot of goals.”
One of Ms. Perez’s first goals was to attain her high school equivalency diploma. It took a few years and repeated failures, but Ms. Grant said that Ms. Perez never became discouraged. She succeeded in 2017.
“No matter what trials and tribulations she experienced, she always maintained her positive way of looking at things,” Ms. Grant said. “I think that keeps her going.”
Another of Ms. Perez’s aspirations was qualifying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, which she also did in 2017. At last, she was able to work in a legitimate capacity. Ms. Perez completed a training program to become a school-bus attendant, with 0 in Neediest Cases Funds used to pay for the Empire State School matron certificate program.
When the school year ended, Ms. Perez got a job at a department store. She has taken a leave to start a family of her own.
In May, she married Kishan Perez, 42, whom she met at a Dunkin’ Donuts in 2016. The union allowed Ms. Perez to exit Family Care, and the couple have established their own household in Brooklyn.
On Dec. 4, Ms. Perez gave birth to a daughter, Sarai Sue. An additional 1 in Neediest Funds was used to pay for baby items and gift cards.
Ms. Perez is excited to tackle the challenge of motherhood and has made it a mission to spare her daughter from loneliness and alienation. “I wouldn’t want her going through the same things I’ve gone through,” she said.
Her gregarious disposition has endeared Ms. Perez to many at the Clubhouse, fostering a community of support.
“She always looks for the good in everybody. She had an incredible heart,” Mr. Lampert said. “That’s one of the reasons so many people root for her.”B:
财神凤凰天机图【第】【六】【百】【九】【十】【六】【章】【凭】【什】【么】【在】【悠】【然】【山】【庄】【打】【人】 【还】【没】【进】【庄】【子】，【雪】【见】【就】【皱】【起】【了】【头】。【在】【庄】【门】【外】【下】【了】【马】，【牵】【马】【的】【一】【个】【小】【子】【就】【轻】【声】【道】： “【大】【小】【姐】【被】【打】【了】，【那】【个】【陆】【家】【的】【姨】【太】【太】【打】【的】。” 【雪】【见】【脸】【一】【黑】！【也】【不】【等】【谁】，【直】【接】【冲】【进】【屋】【子】【里】【去】。【家】【里】【的】【人】【怕】【是】【有】【一】【个】【算】【一】【个】【的】【都】【在】【外】【院】【的】【坝】【子】【中】。【只】【听】【到】【中】【间】【传】【来】【梁】【成】【芳】【的】【叫】【声】： “【住】
“【好】【的】，【大】【叔】，【我】【马】【上】【就】【赶】【过】【去】，【你】【们】【可】【一】【定】【要】【接】【应】【我】【啊】！” 【白】【起】【闻】【言】，【心】【里】【顿】【时】【惊】【喜】，【仿】【佛】【看】【到】【了】【希】【望】【一】【般】，【连】【忙】【向】【一】【侧】【的】【野】【区】【里】【钻】【进】【去】。 “【呵】，【别】【以】【为】【钻】【进】【野】【区】【就】【能】【避】【开】【老】【子】【的】【追】【击】，【在】【野】【区】【里】，【有】【地】【形】【限】【制】，【老】【子】【的】【子】【弹】【可】【是】【更】【容】【易】【射】【中】【你】【的】【哦】！” 【发】【现】【白】【起】【突】【然】【转】【身】【向】【自】【家】【的】【野】【区】【里】【钻】【去】，【马】【可】【波】
“【这】【是】【什】【么】【意】【思】？” “【辰】【易】，【我】【们】【明】【明】【说】【好】【的】【二】【十】【万】，【现】【在】【怎】【么】【少】【了】【十】【万】？” 【常】【威】【黑】【着】【一】【张】【脸】，【怒】【目】【而】【视】【道】。 【这】【明】【摆】【着】【是】【坑】【自】【己】！ 【本】【来】【就】【亏】【了】【一】【半】【转】【让】【超】【市】，【现】【在】【居】【然】【又】【少】【了】【一】【半】，【区】【区】【十】【万】【块】，【他】【常】【威】【就】【算】【不】【做】【生】【意】，【也】【不】【会】【转】【让】【超】【市】。 “【呵】【呵】，【老】【常】，【别】【怪】【我】【不】【提】【醒】【你】，【有】【十】【万】【块】【拿】【就】【不】【错】【了】
【萧】【情】？ 【怎】【么】【可】【能】？ 【不】，【应】【该】【不】【是】。 【她】【人】【不】【是】【在】【东】【斯】【莱】【亚】【岛】【区】【那】【里】【留】【学】【呢】【吗】？ 【怎】【么】【可】【能】【会】【跟】【她】【们】【认】【识】？【还】【混】【在】【一】【起】？ 【不】【可】【能】！ 【大】【概】，【只】【是】【相】【似】！ 【而】【且】，【俩】【人】【给】【人】【的】【感】【觉】，【就】【完】【全】【不】【同】！ “【乐】【大】【老】【板】，【我】【跟】【他】【们】【出】【去】【一】【趟】，【没】【问】【题】【吧】？” 【乐】【烁】【瞥】【一】【眼】【笑】【得】【谄】【媚】【的】【蒙】【小】【芽】，【挑】【挑】【眉】。 财神凤凰天机图【抱】【歉】【了】，【各】【位】【可】【爱】【的】【读】【者】，【作】【者】【君】【经】【过】【深】【思】【熟】【虑】【决】【定】【太】【监】。 【两】【个】【月】【的】【时】【间】，【感】【谢】【能】【够】【看】【到】【本】【书】【的】【每】【一】【位】【读】【者】【大】【大】。 【感】【谢】【每】【一】【位】【投】【推】【荐】【票】【的】【朋】【友】，【尤】【其】【是】【读】【者】【解】【除】【安】【全】【模】【式】【每】【天】【的】【投】【票】，【感】【谢】，【感】【谢】，【感】【谢】。 【最】【近】【这】【段】【时】【间】【都】【要】【工】【作】【到】9【点】【左】【右】【下】【班】，【每】【天】【晚】【上】【赶】【稿】，【白】【天】【上】【班】【打】【瞌】【睡】，【精】【神】【不】【集】【中】，【非】【常】【累】
【地】【球】【宇】【宙】【天】【元】【仙】【界】。 【正】【在】【改】【造】【仙】【界】【的】【刘】【心】【魔】【突】【然】【停】【下】【了】【手】【中】【的】【动】【作】。 【片】【刻】【后】，【刘】【心】【魔】【仿】【佛】【遇】【到】【了】【天】【大】【的】【喜】【事】，【仰】【天】【大】【笑】！ “【哈】【哈】……【哈】【哈】……【刘】【飞】，【你】【终】【于】【死】【了】！” 【笑】【声】【直】【达】【仙】【界】【三】【界】，【震】【动】【九】【州】，【待】【笑】【声】【停】【止】【后】，【天】【元】【仙】【界】【出】【现】【了】【一】【扇】【通】【天】【连】【地】【石】【门】。 【刘】【心】【魔】【看】【到】【这】【扇】【出】【现】【门】，【非】【但】【不】【惊】，【反】【而】
【林】【嘉】【是】【被】【场】【上】【的】【一】【阵】【掌】【声】【和】【欢】【呼】【声】【打】【断】【了】【沉】【思】，【睁】【开】【眼】，【就】【看】【到】【周】【玺】【一】【脸】【得】【意】【地】【晃】【着】【手】【中】【的】【饮】【料】【瓶】。 “【各】【位】【老】【师】，【不】【好】【意】【思】，【今】【天】【这】【道】【题】【答】【案】【就】【是】【我】【来】【决】【定】【啦】，【承】【让】【承】【让】。” 【周】【玺】【话】【是】【说】【得】【各】【种】【谦】【虚】【漂】【亮】，【可】【眉】【飞】【色】【舞】【地】【模】【样】，【恨】【不】【得】【脸】【上】【写】【上】“【得】【意】【洋】【洋】”【四】【个】【大】【字】。 【上】【官】【云】【清】【最】【看】【不】【惯】【周】【玺】【这】【模】【样】，【于】
【在】【宛】【如】【地】【震】【波】【般】【的】“【涟】【漪】”【中】，【整】【座】【王】【城】【开】【始】【崩】【塌】。 【而】【随】【之】【泛】【起】【的】，【是】【一】【个】【恐】【怖】【存】【在】【的】【意】【志】。 【血】【宴】【皇】【后】。 【浪】【潮】，【红】【色】【的】【浪】【潮】，【血】【色】【的】【浪】【潮】。 【仅】【仅】【是】【意】【志】【泛】【出】，【就】【让】【范】【围】【内】【的】【所】【有】【生】【物】【都】【仿】【佛】【看】【到】【了】【浪】【潮】【般】【涌】【动】【的】【血】【色】。 【而】【身】【处】【于】【这】【恐】【怖】【的】【意】【志】【浪】【潮】【之】【中】，【地】【鲨】【巴】【贝】【伯】【可】【以】【非】【常】【明】【显】【地】【感】【受】【到】【对】【方】【的】
“【咳】【咳】！”【陈】【余】【嘴】【角】【咳】【血】，【半】【边】【胸】【膛】【都】【是】【凹】【陷】【了】【下】【去】，【全】【身】【上】【下】【到】【处】【都】【是】【拳】【印】，【看】【起】【来】【恐】【怖】【无】【比】。 “【陈】【余】，【你】【没】【事】【吧】！”【看】【到】【陈】【余】【身】【上】【的】【惨】【状】，【司】【马】【蝶】【眼】【里】【有】【着】【泪】【珠】【在】【滚】【动】，【眼】【看】【就】【要】【掉】【落】【下】【来】【了】。 “【呵】【呵】！【没】【事】！”【陈】【余】【将】【嘴】【角】【的】【血】【渍】【擦】【去】，【偏】【过】【头】【来】【看】【着】【司】【马】【蝶】，【扯】【着】【嘴】【角】，【微】【微】【一】【笑】【道】。 【在】【另】【一】【边】，