Time hasn't helped... / Joey '. S. Mommy (Mom)Read >>
Time hasn't helped... / Joey '. S. Mommy (Mom)
It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.
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I Understand... / Paul Daniel (None)
I went to Summit Quest myself because of my own Childhood abuse I too saw the violence that was used in restraints for no good reason also... I had many injustices done to me such as a staff member allowing another kid to bully me and often joining in themselves nothing was done... I also had heard about the two or so people who had died there and we often thought of that when ever we saw a restraint going on. Some times they would even smash the kids face into the gravel if they were being restrained outside... that place was a hell that my Parents would never believe me when i told them of the horrible things that happened there. Almost every day there were stories of fellow kids even on my floor who had attempted suicide including myself because the stress we were put under was so harsh. It was no place for kids. I was only 12 years old myself when i was there and now at 17 years old I still have bad memories of that place. I walked in your son Joey's shoes at summit quest and although I survived I was not left unscarred. Rest in Peace Joey Aletriz... Close
joey im sure im not the first nor the last to pay tribute i was there in the class next to you i saw you every day at lunch you were funny even though staff hated it of all people i am saddened and surprised that you of all were one to fall i visited the facility recently and it was like going in back in time my fiance had to consol me from weeping during the walk around the property i remember one thing clearly how we would always get yelled at when we would joke but one thing that will always be true buddy and you said these dont let anyone destroy your passion and the good die young and my friend you made it bearable some days its amazing how any of us did survive that sanction of hell
IM SO HAPPY I WAS A PART OF JOEYS LIFE / MARISOL GARCIA (TITI)Read >>
IM SO HAPPY I WAS A PART OF JOEYS LIFE / MARISOL GARCIA (TITI) I REMEMBER WHEN I USED TO BABYSIT MY NEPHEWS WHEN THEY WERE LITTLE BOYS .ALEX N JOEY WERE THICK AS THIEVES IT WAS SO CUTE TO SEE THEM ALWAYS TOGETHER. JOEY WAS ALWAYS BIG AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER BUT HE HAD A HEART OF GOLD AND ALWAYS REMINDED ME OF A GENTLE GIANT. HE WAS THE PROTECTOR OF HIS BROTHER EVEN THOUGH HE WAS YOUNGER AND HE DID THE SAME WITH MY BOYS. I USED TO LOVE HEARING HIM CALL ME TITI MARISOL AND CALL HIS UNCLE TIO JOSE BECAUSE HIS VOICE WAS SO DEEP FOR HIM BEING SO YOUNG. I NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS COULD'VE IMAGINED THAT HIS DEMISE WOULD COME AT THE HANDS OF A SYSTEM DESIGNED TO SUPPOSEDLY ATTEND TO THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIORAL ISSUES. THOUGH IT HAS BEEN FOUR YEARS SINCE THIS UNFORTUNATE INCIDENTS HAS OCCURED IT STILL IS A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW. I DO HOWEVER BELIEVE IN MY HEART OF HEARTS THAT MY NEPHEW BECAME THE MAYTER FOR MANY OTHERS WHO THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN HAVE THEMSELVES ENDURED SUCH INJUSTICE. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT HE DID PAY THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR THIS TO BE BROUGHT TO THE FOREFRONT BUT BABY YOUR TITI COULD'NT BE MORE PROUD OF YOU AND YOUR MOTHER WHO IS ONE OF THE MOST COURAGEOUS WOMEN I HAVE HAD THE UPMOST PLEASURE OF KNOWING. I LOVE YOU CINDY JOEY AND ALEX. KEEP FIGHTIN THE GOOD FIGHT. XOXOClose
JOEY DESERVED BETTER / Hollie DeRose (None)
Hi I dont know you but I am an advocate for juvenile justice reform. I am doing a presentation at my college about this and am using Joeys story to show that he desered better. I hope that by sharing Joeys story with my college will change hearts and minds about the current state of our youth in the court system. It is down right terrifying!!! I am a mom too and I cant imaging your pain. You did what you felt you needed to do and placed your trust in others. My heart cries for Joey and the rest of the kids who have lost thier lives or still reamin in the hands of killers. My God be with your family and Joey!!! Close
Baby, you can rest alot better now knowing that The State of Pennsylvannia no longer allows Prone Restraint. Now they have a bill on the house that is to help protect the children in institutions like joey was in and others in the residential facilities
just recently learning more about the justice winds and whoopassforjuveniles. came across your web for joey and wanting to offer condolences and prayers for your family. this has given me incentive to work along with these programs! christine
Here we go again / Joeys Mom
Hi Baby, It's a New Year and I thought of you as the ball dropped. We ALWAYS stayed home and celebrated together, I didn't celebrate but your brother and me stayed home. You know Mommy & You started changing the Laws? Yup, now they can't restrain a child in Pa. unless they are in "eminent" danger! The facilities hate it! They are having all types of troubles keeping their kids in "control" That goes to show their program never worked and if they think it did it was only because beautiful kids like you were scared of them. Fear was making the children, fear of restraint. I love you Baby, I will not stop.
For Joey... / Vanita Booth (none)
To Joeys family, i have just read Joeys story and my heart breaks for you, to have your lovely son taken from you like this is a crime, do these people ever get punished for this? I live in the UK, and came across this site and it really opened my eyes to what is happening in the world today. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, i have two sons aged 11 years and 29 years and a daughter aged 21 years, i cannot imagine your pain, God Bless you all and may he take care of Joey for you until you are reunited once again. Nita x Close
The BEST Mothers Day gift I could have ever gotten The Superintendent of The Allentown School District has agreed to give My Joey his High School diploma. Graduation is on Fathers day so his Dad will also have a very special Fathers Day. Joeys brother (his only sibling & best friend) also will graduate that day. I am Blessed.
To Joey's Family / Denise Lombardi (Someone else who cares )Read >>
To Joey's Family / Denise Lombardi (Someone else who cares )
I am so sorry for what happened to Joey. I'm just a stranger but I pray for you and your family. Please keep doing what you are, get the word out that institutionalized child abuse has to stop, and you will prevent another child and family having to endure such a tragedy. Joey was a beautiful boy and I'm sure he's proud of his mama. God bless.
Happy Birthday Booga / Joeys Mom (Joeys voie ) I wanted to do this all day yesterday but I just could not bringmyself to.Happy 18th Birthday Booga!! My Baby!! Alex, Daddy and me went by your grave, but you weren't there. So we left you some balloons and flowers and a present. Maybe you'll get past there to see it. We LOVE You and MISS YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. Good or bad whatever I go through your in my thoughts, I just miss you all the time. But I know not as much God loves you. WOW! What a JOY it must be to be able to spend your day loving our creator. You're my ShiningStar Joey always have been...I LOVE YOU, I fought for you when you were here I will continue to fight even now...Especially now! Mommy Close
Today is Joey's birthday - April 3, 2007. His mom is having a very tough time. Every holiday, every birthday is very difficult for parents who lose their children. Children are dying needlessly and we are fighting back. Joey's mom, Cynthia, and I are spearheading a campaign to ban the use of face-down prone restraints - the type of restraint that killed Joey. Join us in this fight - be a voice for children who no longer have a voice!!!
Isabelle Zehnder Founder and President Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse (CAICA) www.caica.org email@example.com
Founder and Manager Positive Family Solutions, LLC
Those Children Were Failed by the System ! / Suncana Sesic Alvarado Those Children Were Failed by the System ! The only way to create change is to bring it to the public's attention. It is about the children! Please hear the childrens' cry ! http://suncanaa.com/
I would give our forgotten children in foster care something they need - a voice. I have been and I will continue to be their voice. I am just one voice. Please help my voice be heard so we can prevent any more needless tragedies.
I Miss my Stupid Cupid! You loved Valentines, you were a romantic and the girls loved you but you only loved one. She could've been happy with you but she wasn't ready baby...its ok.
Remember how every year I would come home from work in the morning with a box of valentines candy for you and budha, a stuffed toy and we would go out to eat. I can't do that this year though, we're having an icestorm, so me and budha are staying home. But you knew that. Since you been gone every holiday has been a bad weather day, but this was the worse. I LOVE You Joey and so does Alex and we miss you Booga. Happy Valentines Day!!
I Wish I Was One of The Lucky Ones / Diane/ Mom To Angel Jimmy Brozzetti Read >>
I Wish I Was One of The Lucky Ones / Diane/ Mom To Angel Jimmy Brozzetti
Were you one of the Lucky Ones?
Did you get to meet the one that lived every day as if it were his last?
Did you see that smiling face, did you hear his infectious laugh?
Did you know the one that had a hug for even the ones that fussed at him?
Did you ever go somewhere and know when the life of the party arrived?
Did you know the one that could make the best of the worst situation?
Did you feel like you were a special person around him?
Did you ever feel so loved?
Were you one of the lucky ones... THAT GOT TO MEET MY SON
Thinking of you, as we both are approaching our son’s angel dates. My Jimmy died on February 6 and your Joey on the 4th. I will keep you & your family in my prayers. I hope we both find some peace in the days ahead. I hope Jimmy & Joey are sitting on a big road by the water and smiling down on us. Peace & Love Diane (Forever Jimmy’s Mom)
Joey/ Mother Of Christina Valle I am so sorry for the loss of Joey, due to the regulations of government. As a mother I want you to know that I feel your pain. My daughter took her own life because she never had the chance to even talk to them through a third party. What has happened to this country. The answers can be found in the Bible. Oneday will come when every person will have to account for their actions. It is so sad what one will do for money. I agree that we have to have some control over some parents. But instead of doing what these people want to do with our children. They need to educate more as a team to help keep these children with their families. I am still going through the healing process of loosing my daughter. I think about her everyday and how she felt not being able to see her children. People can say all they want, but in the last year, I saw a change in her. But not enough to meet the standards of cps. One reason is they never even gave her a chance. But I have accepted the fact that Jesus knew they were not going to listen. After all she tried 4 times prior to her death and lived. But the 5th attempt he knew she was tired. I will do what I can to carry her memory on. There is just to much power and there is very little love. We never know in life what is going to happen but at least I can say with a heart that I cared and I tried. DonnaClose
I hope that you and Billy are having a ball! / Lili Nieves (cousin)
Cindy... I know your loss and I know the pain that you feel. It's a pain that will never leave you. You have to stay strong and positive and while your here on YOUR journey try and make a difference so that this doesn't happen to other children. Your a strong woman and you've always been a good mother. We know that Joey is in a better place and his spirit will live forever.... as will Billy's. I hope that Billy and Joey found each other and are having a ball! The site is absolutely beautiful, you did an awesome job!!! I love you....Lili Close