At the age of nineteen my world was turned upside down. I tried crystal meth and from the very first I was hooked. All I cared about was drugs. I became homeless, living in my jeep on the beach, doing whatever I could to get high. At age 21 I found out I was having a baby. This motivated me to change, and so I got sober and had a great job.
Six years later though I went back to drugs. I lost everything once again, but this time it included my daughter. I went deeper in my addiction. For a time, I was living in a tent in someone’s backyard. I made frequent trips to jail. I guess I really must have loved the food there. I lost all hope, living in shame, turning my back on everyone, including God. I was at the point where I didn’t want to live anymore and contemplated suicide. I knew I had to change or I was going to die. I turned myself in to a cop driving by. I entered a treatment facility, a three-month inpatient rehab, where I could truly focus on myself and my addiction.
When it was close to the time I would be done with rehab, my counselor gave me an application for The Bridge to Hope. I took one look at the application and said, “No Way!” She told me to just submit it so I did, and wouldn’t you know I got an interview. That was intense. I was happy and scared but so grateful.
I was welcomed to be a part of The Bridget to Hope program. I know I was not the easiest to deal with and had many ups and downs during this time. The Bridge to Hope showed me a lot of grace. Through this ministry, I was able provide a stable home for myself and my daughter Aubrey. During my time with them, I achieved much. I received an early termination from probation. I also got a full-time job as a supervisor. I opened a checking and savings account and have paid off most of my debts.
I attended church because my church team made a commitment to pick up my family each Sunday. Aubrey and I were later baptized by my sponsoring church. I now have a relationship with God again. The biggest thing I gained from The Bridge to Hope is my relationships. This means the world to me. My relationship with my family was restored to one of trust and respect. I now have a church family, too. I also gained two amazing friends that I met while at The Bridge to Hope, they were also mothers. I am thankful to Faith Bible church for supporting my family. Today I have a home of my own and I am happy to say I have bills that I can now deal with.
I want to thank Faith Bible Church for being there when I was in need. My future goal is to serve God by giving back to The Bridge to Hope, a ministry that gave so freely to me.
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