"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’ve been in and out of jail since I was 16, usually after a break up. I’ve always tried to please others and be accepted, but when I lost everything I had worked for, I turned to drugs and struggled with depression. A lot of my family have been in and out of jail too, so that’s what I grew up with.
I dated the mother of my child for eight years, but after my son was born, she left and I went back to drugs. The last time I was in jail, my social worker suggested Hope House because she didn’t think drugs were my real problem, I needed to find my purpose in life. I’ve been in the program 3 months and 4 days.
I’ve learned that I can’t do this on my own, and I can’t try to find myself in other people anymore. They won’t always be there, but God will. I grew up in church and was baptized, but I was always half and half. I was the type of person who only believed in death. Looking outside, who created all of this, there’s got to be a higher power than myself.
I’m looking forward to reconnecting with my family, and maybe not only changing myself but helping them change too. Before, my son was used against me and I didn’t see him much, but now, I get to see him almost every week. I want to build a relationship with him and make sure he doesn’t make the same mistakes as me."
"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 found out that the woman I had been dating for five years and had a kid with cheated on me, and I handled it the wrong way. I didn’t care anymore, so I started stealing, got on drugs really bad, had a don’t-care attitude. I ended up getting in a lot of trouble, and I caught a lot of drug charges.
My friend in jail told me about Program Living. I kept doing the same things over and over then coming back to jail, and I just wanted something with structure. I was tired of getting sent to places with no structure or guidance, where it was easier to get drugs in rehab than it was outside. I knew Hope House would be better for me, since it’s a Christian program.
I’ve been in the program almost five months, and it’s been a journey for me in the short time I’ve been here. It's taken some real prayer. I have learned that I don’t need to beat myself up over things I couldn't control, that I have worth, and I am somebody. I’ve talked with Justin so much about what’s happened in my life, and my friend from Texas came all the way here to see me; it means a lot knowing I have people who fully support me.
After I graduate, I can’t wait to have stability, a good job, a car, and to take care of my daughter. I’m doing this for myself too, but it’s mainly for my daughter. She needs a good dad, someone she can rely on."