Michelle was barely 13 years old when she began experimenting with meth. Unaware of the dangers, she began spending more time getting high with her friends — and less time at home. When Michelle’s mom and dad divorced, it pushed her even farther away from her family — and into the party scene. By the time she realized she was getting in over her head, it was too late. She was hooked. Only after Michelle became pregnant and realized she now had “another life to take care of” was she able to find the strength and courage to begin traveling down that long, sometimes difficult road to recovery. Entering drug treatment was an important first step. But Michelle says the real change didn’t occur until she arrived at the Rescue Mission — and began to understand how much God loved her in spite of past mistakes. For the first time, she understood that God forgave her, and that she could forgive herself. Once that happened, it became much easier for Michelle to change her behaviors — and her lifestyle — with the help of our on-site counselors.
Today, she spends her days working with her one-year-old daughter in our child development center. At night, she hits the books, studying the role God has for her as a woman and go
ing through our “Celebrate Recovery” series for ex-addicts. Where does she think she’d be without the Rescue
“I’d probably be in prison,” she says without hesitation. “I didn’t have the strength to overcome my addiction by myself. I needed help learning to live a life without drugs. And the Rescue Mission has given me that help.” Michelle knows the next few years won’t be easy. But she still
“I’m appreciative of everything I’ve received here,” she says, pointing out the meals, shelter and holds on to the belief that with the help of the Rescue Mission, maybe one day she and her daughter can find their “happily ever after.”
24-hour care that’s available. “This is an amazing program.”