For this installment of Perspective, we’ve asked Susan Francis to spotlight The Ophelia Project. Susan has over 30 years experience in non-profit management and is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Family Foundation, who’s fastest growing and most well-known program is the Ophelia Project.
“My name is Karen, I am 18 years old, and I have been an Ophelia girl for five consecutive years…Ophelia definitely has had a great impact on my life. I was in eighth grade when I began my first year with what is now, my Ophelia family. Getting to know the mentors and listening to their advice made me realize the importance of obtaining an education and becoming successful… This organization truly focuses on self-evaluation, and thanks to my mentors, self-esteem is no longer an issue. My Ophelia sisters and I all share the same potential, the same spirit, immense hunger for knowledge, and possibly the same determination…I will finally begin my journey fighting to do what I love best: nursing…I will attend College of the Desert for two years, while I work as a CNA. Other goals include becoming an Ophelia Mentor with the hopes of inspiring other teenage girls…My classmates and I can all agree that Ophelia is a true blessing in all of our lives and I am forever thankful for all of my mentors.”
If you would like more information about the project, and opportunities to support their wonderful work, please reach out to Susan directly at 760-776-1600 ext 122.