When I arrived at Street’s Hope on December 19, 2014 my intentions were to learn how to become sober, stay sober, and grow closer to the Lord. So far, this is what I have done.

Before, my life was hopeless. I have been through my ups and downs with strife, anger, depression, worry, and hopelessness. Through it all, I have learned some coping skills, weaknesses, strength, red flags, communication skills, boundaries, and fellowship. I have felt what it’s like to really smile and I have experienced peace. I have even had to face my own demons. I did not want to, but this program has helped me look in the mirror and accept what I did not want to see.

Looking at my bad behaviors has not been easy, but has been worthwhile. I am learning how to accept others as I grow with them. For once in my life, I feel stable. I have the opportunity to have a relationship with my kids, grandchild, and family. I am learning how to become a better mother, friend, and person. I now talk to the Lord on a daily basis. I am getting to know Him better and understand myself better.

Although I have day-to-day struggles, I am learning what He wants for me. I still have a lot to learn and work on, but I know that I am safe, and my children know that I am safe. At the end of the day I am home with friends who I call family and my children are just a phone call away. There is staff that cares, a roof over my head, a bed to rest in, and there is a prayer to be said. I have thanksgiving in my heart that has replaced my once hardened emptiness. I am now filled with hope.

*Client name has been changed to protect their confidentiality