Is it possible to find your life calling at age 5? Is it true that passions of youth not just continue but intensify throughout a lifetime? Yes and yes if you are Susan Stone Belton. At the tender age of 4 Susan’s life was unexpectedly and dramatically altered; her father suddenly abandoned the family. In a matter of moments her home, neighbors, friends, toys and all other belongings were gone. Just one year later she came to understand that while her life would never be the same, its purpose was crystal clear; she would take care of families and kids.
She has done that, and done it very well, for over four decades.
At age 10 Susan began a booming babysitting business. So successful was her service that she was able to completely fund her college education, a BA degree in Special Education with an emphasis on children with emotional and behavioral challenges. She also received her certification in Critical Incident Stress, making her uniquely qualified to manage crisis situations, such as suicide prevention and domestic violence.
Her early career spanned nearly a decade of accredited teaching; first as an 8th grade teacher at Children’s Home in Peoria, Illinois, a fully secured lock-down facility for incarcerated youth,