Pamela’s Story

If you ask Pamela McFadden how she feels about being a part of HumanKind’s Therapeutic Foster Care program (TFC), she’ll tell you she’s learned a lot and gained a family—but she hasn’t always felt that way. “I was upset at first,” Pamela said, “but then it ended up being just what I needed.”

Four years ago, Pamela suffered a stroke that the doctors said should have ended her life. Pamela had other plans though. “After my stroke, I never thought I could do much,” she said. “I didn’t think I’d go to college.” However, with encouragement from her foster mother, and others in the TFC program, Pamela just started her freshmen year at Central Virginia Community College and is studying culinary arts.

“I’ve always liked cooking, I just never thought I’d actually be able to do it. When I had the stroke, it really changed my perspective on what I could and couldn’t do.”

Pamela plans to one day open her own restaurant or bakery. Today, she encourages others who are going through difficult experiences to keep on keeping on. “If you’re passionate about something, go for it,” she said. “That’s what I’m doing. I’m thankful to be alive, and I’ve met a lot of good people at HumanKind as a result of going through this journey.” When you give to HumanKind, you are empowering individuals just like Pamela to overcome hardship and pursue their passions. Thank you for giving.