Melissa’s journey through pain began early…

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Melissa never thought she’d end up without her sons, especially at the holidays. It’s incredibly hard when you’ve hit rock bottom, lost everything, and ended up on the street. But Melissa’s journey through pain began early. After being abused as a child and seeing her parents split up, she found relief in alcohol and drugs—in junior high. “Little did I know that my dependency on these substances would haunt me for the rest of my life,” she says.

Along the way, she thought she’d found peace in the birth of her two sons. But even they couldn’t keep her from despair and the demons of addiction. Finally, years later, she found herself homeless and without them. She’d lost her boys. And she says she almost lost her life. She smiles with tears in her eyes as she recalls the moment she finally took control of her life—and began turning it around, “in desperation, over my head, I decided to apply to Bethel House.”

“Today, I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior,” Melissa smiles. “I’ve found my place in this family, and believe God has a plan for me!” That’s the best part of Melissa’s story: her recovered life includes her sons, and hugging them close, she says, “I look forward to becoming a full part of their lives and being the mother I know I have always been capable of being!”