For moms who are homeless, Mother’s Day is difficult.
The day is bittersweet even for the men we serve who have estranged relationships with their own moms.
Kelly is no exception. She showed up at Heart2Heart Place (CCRM’s Women’s Division) six months pregnant and with two small boys in tow. Kelly is working to improve her situation so she can give her children the life she never had.
You can probably get a better idea from Kelly herself about the brokenness of her life and the restoration she’s finding through the love of Christ at Heart2Heart Place:
“I was raised by my grandfather because both my parents were addicts and unable to care for me. He passed away when I was 17.
Life became much harder after he died. I mean, he was the only family I had ever known and the only person that ever cared for me. My ex-husband and I moved around a lot and our relationship was violent from the start. I used alcohol and marijuana to cope.
The police sent DSS to take my children away. They had been to our house too many times and seen too many bruises on my face to turn a blind eye. With my children gone, my life was turned upside down. My drug use got worse.
One day, by the grace of God I realized that if I ever wanted to see my kids again, I would have to change my behavior. That’s when I checked myself into detox.
After being discharged, I ended up on the doorstep of Heart2Heart Place in November of 2016: four months pregnant and all alone.
I’ve learned that all of the emotional and physical abuse, the pain of losing my children, the broken relationships with my parents: all that had caused me to build up walls to keep people out.
But I have found true family at Heart2Heart Place and I’m learning to let my guard down. I’m learning to be a better mother.
The staff and other residents are part of our everyday life. Because of their help, my boys are living with me again! They help with the kids and push me to keep going forward. I will get my Pharmacy Technician Certification this month and in June I plan to apply to nursing school.
My baby girl was born on April 4th and God just keeps on blessing us. I’ve learned that with God’s help I can be a better example to my children and the mom He wants me to be.”
Kelly’s story is both unique and all too familiar here at CCRM.
I hope this Mother’s Day is a joyous time for you and your loved ones. And I pray you consider the homeless moms we serve on a daily basis, working to restore their identities in Christ.
What a great way to reach ladies with God’s love!
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Happy Mother’s Day!
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The Cleveland County Rescue Mission provided over 12,000 nights of shelter to homeless neighbors in your community last year alone. Check out some of our other stats from 2016 and let us know how you’d like to get involved with helping people change their lives in 2017!
If you are interested in learning more about Cleveland County Rescue Mission or touring the facility, please contact Jocelyn Hill at 704-751-1255 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to show you around and tell you more about how God is using us to reunite families and restore hope to the hopeless in our community!