"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."