“Now I have the love I needed.”
Robin had never known what it felt like to be truly loved. “My parents were addicts, and the only kind of attention I got growing up was physical and mental abuse,” she says.
When she was just 11, she began numbing the pain of her broken heart with drugs. It was the beginning of a struggle with addiction that left her homeless at 23. “I pushed a shopping cart, ate out of dumpsters and panhandled,” she says. “But I liked it because there were people out there who had my back, and I thought I had the love I wanted and needed.”
Then, after seven years on the streets, Robin wound up in jail with a Christian cellmate. “When it was time to be released, I wanted to change my life, but I didn’t know how and she prayed with me,” Robin says. “An hour later, the chaplain told me they had a ride for me to the Mission.”
Robin entered our House of Hope program, where Bible studies, chapel services and Christian counseling led her to surrender her life to Christ. “He gave me a vision of the path I was on and told me that, if I followed Him, I could walk another path that had love and joy and laughter,” she says.
Robin graduated from the program and married the man of her dreams, and for the past eight years, she has served on our warehouse staff, currently as Supervisor. “I’ve gone from eating out of a garbage can to having a home, a car and a beautiful job that allows me to give back to people every day,” she says.
“I came to understand what real love is and how to feel that through the Lord.”
Because of your generosity, Robin’s heart has been filled with thanksgiving… and God’s love! “I didn’t know what real love was until the Mission showed me. Now I have all the love my heart ever needed.”
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