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When I was just one year old, my father took the life of two others and committed suicide. My mom turned to a life of drugs after the death of my father and has been in and out of my life ever since. Mom remarried another man that abused me at a very young age along with my siblings. I was removed from the home to live with different relatives. Unfortunately, the relatives I was placed in custody with were not healthy either, and the abuse continued. Around 10 years of age I began to be placed in several different group homes. I lived in 13 different home environments through my adolescence.
When I came to be a part of the New Life Transitional Program I was 20 years and had no idea how to be an adult. I had not yet graduated from high school, and I contemplated taking my life. The program provided a place for me to grow and helped my self-esteem.
Here are some of the accomplishments I made in the two years of being a part of NLTP. I enrolled myself back in high school and graduated. I got my first job and moved into an apartment that was mine alone. I received a scholarship to the Care Giving Institute and got a caregiving certificate. I learned many different life skills and learned how to cope with my emotions and pain. I have two years of sobriety.Most importantly this program gave me time to trust that Jesus is in the process of healing my past hurts. At church one day I felt like Jesus shared with me that He knew the pain I went through as a child and that He wept with me that day. It was like we literally shared tears together. Knowing He loves me so much that He recognized my pain, I was able to learn to forgive the people that have hurt me.
I am grateful to God and this program for helping me take my life back.