Air date: August 30, 2012
Martha Good could have walked away. As a retired teacher, she had already put in her time. Instead, at age 50, she went beyond the classroom and into the lives of troubled teens at Alternatives for Girls. Martha: Many of the women who come here to participate in the shelter program find themselves pregnant and completely unable to deal with that situation and they really need some help. Martha is not surprised by what she sees. The long-time teacher says the culture helps foster these problems. Martha: One of the most amazing things that I hear from these young people is how much they long to be a good parent for their baby. Isn’t that wonderful? Mitch Albom: They don’t want to repeat the mistake. Martha: Exactly. And that is a pretty great motivation. Mitch Albom: Could you say in one word what most of the young girls who come here are looking for? Martha: Really life. Looking for a life that holds promise for them. Week after week, Martha Goode shows young women such promise is not empty, And in doing so, she reveals to them the heart of Detroit.