“IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO CHANGE THEIR LIFE AND THEY’RE WILLING TO PUT THEIR BEST FOOT FORWARD, THIS PROGRAM ABSOLUTELY CAN CHANGE THEIR LIFE AROUND WITHOUT A DOUBT.” — STEPHANI
Stephani arrived at our doors during the pandemic, struggling with drug addiction and the trauma of domestic abuse. She was at rock bottom and in desperate need of a life-saving intervention. As we talked, she told us about her challenges, “I was in an abusive marriage, and I went to the hospital with broken bones. I was prescribed prescription pain pills. Within a few months, I was fully addicted, and when I couldn’t get a prescription, I turned to heroin.”
Stephani’s journey from homelessness to recovery wasn’t easy. But thanks to supporters like you, she was given an amazing chance to choose a new path.
At Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Stephani received the treatment, guidance, and resources she needed to change her life. But those first few days were difficult. “The staff cared so much.” She told us, “That’s part of the reason why I stayed. Because the first day, I was ready to walk out the door, and they just took so much time to sit and talk to me and let me know that’s not the answer. A lot of the staff are recovering addicts themselves, and they showed me I could have a better life.”
Through prayer and hard work, she successfully graduated from our Victory program. She also discovered renewed faith because of her time at the Mission. “I see that God has forgiven me and has turned my life completely around and made me brand new just like He said He would.”
A second chance at life!
Today, Stephani is excited about the next chapter of her life. She is finally reunited with her children after five long years apart. She told us, “My life completely changed. I’m almost two years sober and clean. I want to go to school for nursing, and I’m taking real estate classes. My daughter is almost done with her first year of college, and my son is a senior. We’re back together as a family and loving that.”
Stephani’s story is just one example of the powerful impact you have on the lives of our community’s most vulnerable neighbors. With your support, we can empower more people like Stephani to overcome life’s challenges, heal, and embrace God’s path for a new life.
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Read more inspirational stories from the Fall 2023 Newsletter.