Since I was very young I have always wanted to be a wife and a mother. That’s all I ever dreamed about. I didn’t grow up in church; I had no direction. I fiercely went against my parent’s advice and instruction. So innocently trying to chase after my heart, I began accepting attention from any guy. If he showed interest, in my mind he was the one. This led to countless heartbreak. I spent my entire teenage years heartbroken and distraught. This behavior continued after high school which led to very unhealthy relationships, promiscuity, and drugs.
It led to crime. A life I never wanted, but fell into chasing what I thought I wanted. Very quickly the drug addiction took over and my life was no longer about my dreams, I was in bondage- to heroin. There I was, an educated, middle class young adult totally exploding the stereotype of a heroin addict. Addiction is a respecter of NO person. I lived in cars, I was estranged from my family, I begged the streets for money, and I was sick. I found myself in jail several years later. I came to Women of Hope and decided it was time to make a change. Women of Hope gave me the opportunity to give myself completely to God and to learn about Him and His Word for 18 months.
Pastor David and Connie believed in me even at my lowest, even when my family had given up on me. They counseled me. They prayed for me. They taught me. But most of all, they allowed me to make mistakes, and walked me through them. They never gave up on me. It is because of that I am successful today. I have been clean for 22 months, after many, many relapses. Each time the relapse got shorter, because words of wisdom from Women of Hope shook all through me. I picked myself up, again and again, and then I got it. And I did it. I stayed clean, and am clean. I am now married, and have two beautiful boys.
Women of Hope helps restore dreams to beautiful, but broken women. I now know I am cherished child of God. I am whole. I am well. I am recovered.