Little Girl Reunited With Family After Time At Orphanage
by Janet Kim
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -- At the young age of seven, Macy Neely knows what it's like to be alone.
She doesn't speak English, but it isn't hard to understand what her heart is saying.
"Children know in their heart when they belong somewhere and when they don't," said Denise Melton, Executive Director of House of Hope.
Authorities say Macy was abandoned at the age of three by her mother and mother's boyfriend while in Mexico. She was then taken to an orphanage in Guadalajara.
"What she tells us is that she was in a house with her dog, and people came and took her away," said Neely's grandmother, Youvonne Hawks.
She was away from family and friends for two years, before officials were able to track down Macy's paternal grandmother.
"I didn't know where to start and we contacted the embassy and just went from there," said Hawks.
That's what led Youvonne Hawks to the House of Hope, a children's crisis center in Crossville.
"One thing I did know was that we had to get her home, so I just started sending out e-mails," said Melton. "The first thing we needed was funds and within three days we had all the money that we needed."
Macy and her grandmother still need the help of others to translate, but whether you speak Spanish or English, no translation is needed to understand the love that they share.
"In this line of work I do working with children in crisis, you don't get to see very many success stories," said Melton. "This one however will carry me many years."
House of Hope in Crossville is a non-profit short-term care center for children who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.