The Hands Project – Sharing success stories from El Futuro

The Hands Project at El Futuro is a way to share the stories of those who come for treatment while also protecting their privacy and confidentiality. Take a minute to read Diego’s story, it has a happy ending!

“When you’re 8 years old, you shouldn’t have to live in a homeless shelter with your mother and two siblings. You shouldn’t have to witness your dad abusing your mother. You shouldn’t have to go hungry. You shouldn’t have to get picked on for crying in class. Three years ago others saw him as too sensitive and a behavior problem. His mother brought him to El Futuro with the hope of getting him help for the problems she also knew very well – depression, anxiety and post-trauma stress. Now, after therapy and treatment with medication, he has found his voice and his mother glows with joy when she speaks of how he has grown. The family now lives in a small duplex. They spend weekends at the park. He can sleep through the night with no nightmares and is kind to his younger brother. His school celebrates his progress as well. He made the A Honor Roll and received the Principal Award. His mother also found help at El Futuro and feels proud of her children and is reaffirmed as a mom. She says, “Ahorita me quiero yo, porque antes no me quiero yo.” (Now I like myself, before I didn’t.)”


  1. Randee- so moved by this story, thank you for sharing. You are part of something important happening in Durham. They are lucky to have you.

  2. Randee-A great story of insipiration and motivation to us all to think about what influences people and why its so important to seek to understand more about each person we meet. Congratulations on all the you are a part of and sharing your expertise to support this wonderful organization.

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