The Family She Never Had

“My mom left home when I was 10 years old,” Glenda shares. “And my father never really cared for me.” So she bounced around from place to place… staying with friends or relatives… never having a place to call home or feeling she was part of a family.

Believing she was unloved and unwanted, she turned to alcohol to numb her pain and sought attention from those who took advantage of her vulnerability. By her mid 20s, she had two children of her own. But as her despair grew deeper and her self-esteem hit rock bottom, she left them in the care of relatives to pursue her destructive habits.

When she learned she could actually lose custody of her little ones, it was a wake-up call. She knew she had to change her ways and needed help to do it. She and her son and daughter came to Rockford Rescue Mission. “It’s been a life-changing experience,” she says.

Through spiritual guidance and life-skills courses in our Women’s Life Recovery Program, Glenda reclaimed her sobriety and learned to be a responsible parent. Her job-readiness assignment in our Restoration Cafe taught her the virtues of service, professionalism and accountability. Most importantly, she is building a relationship with the Lord. “I’m learning how to put Him first, because if it weren’t for Him, I wouldn’t be capable of any of this.”

Glenda graduated from our Program in May and was hired at a local senior living center just two weeks later! She’s living in our transitional housing while she looks for permanent housing, and she’s been clean for over a year – longer than she’s ever been clean before.

Today, Glenda says, “If it weren’t for the Mission letting me come here… providing these classes… giving me the knowledge I need to move through life, I don’t know where I’d be.”

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