From where I began [at UGM], I’ve come almost full circle because I’m mentoring a guy down there right now.
God [is] filling up those areas that I had emptiness in. When I leave [Simonka Place], I want to be the very best clean and sober grandma, mom, and sister ever.
[God would] tell me He had not gone away, He was still there, and no matter how far I ran, I couldn’t get away.
If you had asked me when I was 15 or 16, I would’ve seen myself as having a wife, a kid, a dog, you know…
“If people would take the time to ask one question, ‘what’s your story,’ I’d tell them,” says Michael. “I don’t run from my past. I can’t because it tells a story, and so does my future.”
After about four years it got to the point where I had to make a choice; I was either going to be homeless and live on the streets or continue living with him.
“I didn’t see it at the time, but now I see His hand through all of it,” says Merci. “He gives us a new beginning.”
You see the people lined up outside the Mission, and you think “That would never happen to me. I’ve got a job, apartment…”
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