I spent most of the past three years living in valleys of sadness and addiction, but that changed when an internet search at the American Fork library led me to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake.
Three years ago, in 2021, my father died and my life went downhill. Prior to losing him I had a good job as a restaurant manager and my son and I purchased a house together that we shared with some of my other six children. To deal with the pain of losing my father, I started abusing pills like Adderall and muscle relaxers. I began missing work, lost my job, and one night attempted to end my life by taking too many pills at once. The paramedics resuscitated me, but my family could see I needed intervention.
They told me I needed to leave the house and I started living out of my car, using food stamps to eat. Sometimes I got money by giving people rides or doing other small tasks. I had a storage unit containing my things from the house, and I would stay inside the unit at times.
When the manager discovered I was living in the unit, I had to move my things to a different storage facility. I found no purpose in life anymore and was being abused by people who knew I was homeless and helpless. I thought I should just die from using meth and the other streets drugs I had been taking since becoming homeless.
As my life grew worse, I was arrested often for common crimes that many homeless men and women face: trespassing and using my family’s credit or bank information to get cash or make purchases. I was released from my third stint in jail in October of 2022. It started to snow that day and I walked from Provo to American Fork.
I weighed 109 pounds, down from my normal healthy weight of 150 pounds. As the snow continued to fall, I took shelter in the American Fork library. I knew I needed help and after some web searching, found the Rescue Mission’s Women’s Center. I felt like it was the faith-based program I needed.
I was lucky to still have a working cell phone and I called and left a message on the answering machine. Later my phone rang. Normally, I never pick up calls from numbers I don’t know since at that point they seemed to all come from collection agencies, but this time I answered.
The woman on the other end asked me to be at the Women’s Center by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, still a few days off. I was able to make it by bus up to the Women’s Center in Salt Lake and since that moment, my life has changed.
I am sober now and have a full-time job working at a nice restaurant at the Salt Lake City airport. I carry “truth cards” with me to work that have Bible verses on them, like Proverbs 3:5-6. When I see passengers getting stressed about how long it is taking to get their food, I pull out a truth card and read it to myself so God’s Word will calm me down. I know it can be stressful to travel, so I try to bring the Holy Spirit with me to work, and help everybody relax and enjoy our food, whether it’s takeout or sit down.
As I work, I am saving up money and slowly paying off my creditors. I am looking forward to having no more debt and being able to save money for housing of my own.
Before, I felt like if I was not beautiful, nobody would love me. The stress of this thought overwhelmed me at times. Now I know that I am loved by God, and He made me just the way He wanted me to be.
Through my recovery, God has restored relationships with four of my children. I have one going to a university, another about to start college, and a third in graduate school in North Carolina. My younger children are also well taken care of by family members.
Last but not least, I have a great church family at Capitol Church. It’s like a home to me and I am welcomed there and learn so much through the teaching, preaching, and worship. Thank you so much for supporting the Rescue Mission. I was hopeless and homeless and had given up on life. Your support created a place that God used to change me and give me new hope. I could not be more grateful!
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