Kimberly grew up in the church. And while her parents were deeply committed to their Christian faith, she strayed as a teen. “I chose drugs and blamed everyone else for my problems.” From age 14, Kimberly would run away from home for weeks at a time. “I was a complete wreck,” she says. Her problems followed her through life, resulting in three failed marriages, a total of six years of jail time, and three decades of drug use.
For most of her adulthood, Kimberly battled not just addiction but also its devastating impact on her life. She rarely had more than 30 days of sobriety in a row. The result was a lifetime of chaos, fear, and uncertainty. “I haven’t had a stable home in more than 20 years,” she says. “I pretty much lived in motels. And the only way I could do that was to also sell drugs.”
Knowing that her life would only continue to spiral downward, Kimberly says, “I decided to stop pointing the finger and see my part in all that’s been going on with my life.” While in jail, she got down on her knees and asked God to help her. And He did.
Kimberly heard about the Rescue Mission while in jail. She knew immediately this was what she needed. “The reason I wanted to come here is because it’s a Christian program. I knew I needed Jesus in order to change.” So she contacted us and arranged to come upon her release.
Thanks to your support, Kimberly has been able to find peace, a sense of accomplishment, help with her mental health issues, and coaching on accountability and good decision-making. “I am walking boldly in the Lord. The Holy Spirit is guiding me every day,” she says. “I’m not in fear of tomorrow anymore. I’m going to continue on with school so I can get better job opportunities.” Looking back at how much her life has been transformed in the past year, Kimberly says, “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the Rescue Mission’s donors. The Lord has put these people in our lives to help us better ourselves. Because of their generosity I’ve been able to heal, grow, and learn.”