Camp Harbor View Alumni: Malika & Mike Williams

“The bonds, the relationships — I’ve learned I’m not alone.”

When Malika and Mike Williams signed up their son Michael for Camp Harbor View, they thought it sounded too good to be true — but they report CHV delivered everything it promised, and more. They embraced all of Camp Harbor View’s offerings, from the mentoring program and every reunion event to the Parents Helping Parents group. Michael thrived at CHV. He struggled with obesity when he started camp. But he lost 15 pounds that first summer in 2008 playing football and climbing the ropes course — and convinced his doctors that he’s no longer at risk for diabetes. Greg, Michael’s mentor from camp, describes him as a terrific, engaging kid with a wonderful sense of humor. Michael’s parents and sister have watched him grow more confident, make positive choices and set goals for himself. “I don’t have to hold his hand anymore,” Malika says. “He’s made his own way.” When Greg told Malika about the Parents Helping Parents group, he was thrilled that she agreed to join. “She’s an absolutely phenomenal parent with a lot of great advice to give,” he says. Malika has formed strong friendships in the group, connecting with one woman over the care of their ailing mothers and with another over the stress of deciding whether their children could safely ride the T to school. She knows the parents in the group all want the best for their families, and they’ve found it at CHV. “I love Camp Harbor View,” Malika says. “The bonds, the relationships — I’ve learned I’m not alone.’”

Ivan 

“Camp helped me open up and find different ways to express myself, and who it is I’m supposed to be.”
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Mariana

“Camp made everything possible. Without camp, I don’t know where I would be. It’s that simple.”
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Ayjah & Brianna 

“…Camp gave us scholarships so that we were able to further our education, so we could grow,”
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Alejandro 

“I never would have gotten better without camp. There’s no way I can thank them enough.”
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Malika & Mike Williams 

“I don’t have to hold his hand anymore…He’s made his own way,”
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Jamal Grant 

“…what makes Camp Harbor View unique is how it has transformed the lives of myself and others,”
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