Nellie was the mother of two young daughters when she was introduced to crack cocaine and alcohol.
That led to what she calls “13 years of self-destruction.”
“I was determined to go to treatment with a willingness to learn whatever I had to learn and do whatever I needed to do … just like I did when I was out there looking for my drugs. I did whatever I had to do to get my drugs. That’s how low it took me.”
“I walked through the doors of The Salvation Army knowing, no matter what, that I have to have a stronger desire to stay clean than to get high.”
Today, Nellie is clean and sober. She values her sobriety. She is a good, strong mother once again to her daughters. And she is pursuing a career as a licensed drug counselor so she can help other women turn their lives around.
“When we were told we had to leave our last home, our world fell apart; we thought ‘what are we going to do?’
But by the grace of God, the Salvation Army was there for us. This shelter gave us hope.
It’s amazing to have a place like this to get us through the bad times.
I have a job in construction, it doesn’t pay much and life it seems is sometimes against you…you know?
If I could give any advice to others, I’d say ‘Love one another, and be kind to each other – it’s as simple as that. That’s what Salvation Army is doing for us, they love us and are being kind to us.’”
Every at-risk child has a common thread – each bear the scars of their own unfortunate circumstances. But with guidance and love, they can overcome the challenges they face in life.
We are motivated by the love of God to help those whose needs present unique challenges. We provide compassionate care without discrimination.
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