Letta Garrett 2013
“I am a 31 year old single mother of four wonderful children. In 2008 I made the biggest decision of my life which was to leave my abusive husband of eight years. I was with my husband since I was nineteen years old, and during the course of our relationship I was verbally, mentally, and physically abused. But as time went by I realized that I could be so much more than what I was allowing myself to be. So one rainy June night I packed enough clothes for myself and my children and left my husband. My children and I drove all night from Savannah to Atlanta. It was the first time in eight years that I felt like I could breathe; it felt great.
With a grant from the BBMEF, I would use the money to further my education in early childhood development. Teaching is my passion, I love what I do! I would also use my education to start mentoring to other women in transition. It’s my hope that families in crises can hear the story of my journey and be empowered to change. ”
--Following her college work with the BBMEF $10K stipend, Letta wrote:
"Good morning Mrs. Kaspers,
I've been quite busy lately. I recently got engaged and moved into a new home in Rome GA. I also left my pre-k position and now I'm working at Oak Bridge Academy. I'm still a teacher but I'm also training to become the director of the center. I'm extremely excited about this and the general manager said my extensive knowledge of childcare, among other things, led him to his decision. I know it's because of the BBMEF ...that all this is possible. I strive everyday to work hard and make Mrs. Bettie proud! "
We are all proud of the work Letta's accomplished. Indeed "Mrs. Bettie" is proud, too!