"In July, I moved from Las Vegas with my family because I wanted to start a better life for us. My husband and I were on the verge of divorce, and I was depressed, anxious, and ready to give up. When we got to Bowling Green, I didn’t have anything, so I went to Reach Higher looking for financial assistance. I was placed at Hope House to complete my hours for assistance.
I learned about the classes offered at Hope House, and I decided to take Jobs for life. I didn’t graduate my first time because I had a lot going on in my life, but now I’m in Jobs for Life again and haven’t missed one day. When I interviewed for the job I just got at Wendy’s, I mentioned Jobs for Life, and my boss insisted that I finish the class. She also graduated Jobs for Life and loved it.
Jobs for Life is teaching me how to write down my goals and use timelines to achieve them, instead of just dreaming about it. I want to get my GED and move up at Wendy’s. I’m hoping to be a shift manager soon. I’ve let God in more, and I’m learning how to communicate better with my husband, kids, and other people. Before, I let my pride get in the way of asking for help, but the people at Hope House and Ms. Renea at Reach Higher helped me through that.
I’m looking forward to getting a car and a better house, and I want my babies to be happy and healthy. I’m getting out of my depression, and my marriage is doing so much better. I know that I’m a fighter and a very strong person because I haven’t given up. I have to do this for me and my family."
For a long time, I was a functioning addict. I couldn’t wait to get off work every day so I could drink, and I even got to the point where I would stop on my way home to grab a bottle. The day I got a DUI, I lost everything: my job, car, and house. After that, I bounced around and stayed with friends who were mostly addicts too. I felt God calling for months telling me to get my head right.
A family friend who worked at the Police Department said he would take me to Hope House, but I didn’t think I needed that kind of help. About five months later, I was hopeless and had nowhere else to go. I moved into the Sober Living house, and the people at Hope House helped me get transportation and complete my DUI classes. Day by day I became a little bit more like myself again.
I started Jobs for Life but thought I wouldn’t learn much, coming from a professional background. I almost cried in the first two minutes learning about Jeremiah 29:11. I learned how to turn to God when I’m hopeless; he’s always there. I moved into my own apartment on November 11. Almost one year later, I signed my lease for the second time, and I’m still working at the same job. I have furniture now and my own car. It’s funny what you take for granted. I used to have everything, making 60-70 grand a year, but it went to nothing real quick.
I want to keep moving in the direction God has for me. I look forward to the blessings he has for me and also how I can bless other people. Some of my coworkers use, and I know that they feel hopeless like I did. I want to show them that they’re loved. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity I had at Hope House. Every day wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was life changing.
"I had been in abusive relationships since I was 20 years old, which made me feel like I didn’t have any self worth. I had no confidence at all, so I always ran to drugs to make me feel better and give me confidence. I’ve been clean for 13 years, but I still hated life. I felt like everyone was against me, and the only reason I woke up in the morning was because of my kid.
I was working temp jobs that weren’t getting me anywhere. When I went to the KTAP office, they told me there was a new position at Hope House, so I asked if they could place me there. I had been to Hope House before for food assistance and to shop in the Community Store, but I was nervous because I wasn’t open to everyone knowing the real me.
I wanted to join Jobs for Life because I thought it would help me work with other people and learn how to deal with conflict. I learned that no matter how much I struggle in life, I might have to work hard, but I should never give up. Like Ruth’s story in the Bible, she didn’t give up and fought for what she believed in.
I got to know the real God through Jobs for Life and that he has a purpose for all of us. I used to question God, but now I know I’m here for a reason. Since I graduated, I’m happier, more confident, and I don’t feel out of control like I used to. I have a full-time job now, and I’ll be able to take my son on vacation next year for the first time."
“I’ve been clean since November 15, 2007, and when I got out of prison, we decided that he had to stop drinking to help us both. He’s been sober since October 25, 2017. We found Hope House because we were looking for help with our electric bill, and that’s when I signed up for Jobs for Life.
He decided to ride with me and sit in on the class, and before it was over, he was signed up too. We realized we needed to be around positive people working toward the same goals to help us grow in our faith. Our classmates were going through difficult things too, and we could talk about it in the class. We could see we weren’t alone, and it was amazing to hear how the Bible could be applied to our lives today, not just read like a history book.
After graduation, I was trying to find work through the Goodwill SCSEP program, but I couldn’t be placed in Simpson County because of my felony. I’m so glad that we found Hope House. There’s not a whole lot that Harold can do because of his disability, so being able to just hang clothes here gives him purpose and independence.”
Harold added, “We know that it’s God who has always provided for us when we’ve been in need, whether it’s an extra job or this program. Jobs for Life gives you hope and encouragement, something you can go on. It gives you the strength just to try.”