Since being here, I've gotten to know myself better. I’m able to be still and let God work in my life. I don’t run anymore.Read More
Why do we share stories?
When we think about the people experiencing homelessness around us, certain images and labels come to mind about who they are and how they got there. Portraits of Hope is a way their stories can be heard and we can be reminded that restoration is possible, and lives and families can be healed.
I filled out the application, went in to interview — I cried in the interview. They said I was a basket case. And I was. To describe me emotionally, I was a cup dropped and shattered in a million pieces. The owner was in the interview, and they asked me to step out so they could talk. They weren’t going to hire me, but the owner said, “Something’s telling me to hire you.”Read More
All my life I’ve been addicted to drugs, in and out of prison, just being homeless on the streets. A hopeless, horrible life. I ended up at the shelter and I started the Next Step Program that’s where I got the seed of God planted.Read More
My rock bottom moment was when they came to arrest me. I actually don’t remember it happening. I blacked out. It was a few months after, that they came to arrest me, in my head I was in denial about doing something like that in the first place.Read More
My head was just mixed up and messed up. I had no drug abuse, but I was abused. I was in an abusive relationship with my kids’ dad, it was very unhealthy. Coming to the Shelter of Hope was my first step to overcoming what I couldn't overcome on my own.Read More