This episode is part one of a two part series from Johnny and his daughter, Merrill. Be sure to listen to this episode first to fully understand the family’s story.
Johnny visited Second Story’s teen shelter as a young person when he felt he had nowhere to go. It made a profound impact in his life then, but maybe even more so decades later when his daughter was struggling like he was. He remembered his experience and knew exactly where to take her — back to the place that made him feel safest when he felt most vulnerable.
There’s a moment of striking clarity in this story: a moment where a father says to his daughter, “You need help. We need help. And I know exactly where to find it.”
Listen to Johnny’s daughter Merrill’s episode next to hear the full story.