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Non-profit rewards Palmetto teen

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A Palmetto teen was rewarded with a redecorated room by the Eckerd Wraparound Program. A Palmetto teen was rewarded with a redecorated room by the Eckerd Wraparound Program.

A Palmetto teen will spend tonight in a newly decorated room thanks to local non-profits.

Kashley Sonnier, 16, entered the Eckerd Wraparound program in May of 2015, because she had been struggling with behavioral issues.  Since then, Sonnier's mother said, she has turned her life around.

"She deserves it," Lydia Curette, Sonnier's mother, said. "She's just overwhelmed I guess, because everything is like negative for her. Now it's positive." 

Sonnier chose Hello Kitty bedding, lime green curtains and baby blue paint for her walls. 

"It's saying here you were, the person you were before," Mary Kibodeaux, the wraparound facilitator, said. "It's saying when you come in here this is a visual reminder for you as far as the progress you've made."  

Sonnier's room redecoration was the first the Eckerd program did.  They said they tailor every program to the individual.

Kibodeaux said both mother and daughter participated in programs from Eckerd to help get their family where they wanted it to be. Sonnier participated in an independent living program, while Curette took part in a program to help her better understand social media.

"Lydia and Kashley actually ended up at our office both in tears saying 'Please help us,' " Kibodeaux recalled. "The meetings that we have now, they both laugh, they both enjoy each other's company. During our last meeting they made the statement of how they are each other's best friend."

Curette admits that getting to where they are now has been a struggle.  She said her daughter still has a long way to go, but when asked if she was proud of her she replied 'very.' 

Kibodeaux encouraged any family struggling with behavioral issues to reach out to the Eckerd program.

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