O.J. WAS A CLIENT AT OUR NASSAU SUPERVISED VISITATION PROGRAM (NSV). HE TRAVELED 60 MINUTES ONE WAY BY BUS TO SEE HIS KIDS. HEAR WHAT HE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE.
I would do anything for my children. They are my world. I have three young daughters, who, as you can probably imagine, can be quite a handful sometimes. However, I wouldn’t trade them for anything, because I know what it’s like to live without them.
Not too long ago, I went through a divorce after I lost my job due to a seizure disorder. I have no criminal record, but I was prohibited from seeing my children. It was the hardest time of my life. I missed their smiles and taking them to their soccer games. I was ready to do whatever was needed to get them back.
After six months, the judge granted me supervised visitation rights through EAC Network. Luckily, I had found work, but I was only available for visits at night. The days would be long and difficult, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to see my kids.
The first day of visits at Nassau Supervised Visitation (NSV) in Hempstead arrived. I was so excited and nervous about seeing my daughters after such a long period of time. The program director, Dorothy Worrell, and her kind staff explained the entire visit process to me. Then they brought me into their wonderful playroom and I saw my children for the first time in six months.
They ran to me and the four of us embraced while I tried to hold back my tears of happiness. It was like we were starting fresh. We started playing with all the toys and games that Nassau Supervised Visitation supplies and we began a new, better relationship.
Due to my seizures, I was unable to drive to our visits. Instead, I traveled from Long Beach to Hempstead by bus. My trip took 60 minutes one way. Altogether, I journeyed an extra 30 miles and two hours to see my children, but it was, of course, completely worth it.
I now have partial custody of my daughters and can have them in my home. We’ve been able to heal, bond, and move forward with our relationship. I truly owe this to NSV, which helps over 500 families like mine annually.
This holiday season, please join me in donating just $60, one dollar for each minute I sat on that bus eagerly awaiting to see my children, or whatever amount you can, to EAC Network’s Nassau Supervised Visitation program.
I hope one day my kids will know that I did everything in my power to get them back.
I ask that you do everything in your power to help other families like mine.