“Today’s society is so ready to condemn. But I think maybe it’s just a lack of knowledge. It’s much easier to condemn these women than it is to ask: How can we help?”
How St. Vincent de Paul Has Helped Her
“This place has made a difference for me. It’s not only a great place to live, but it has given me structure. I have to attend so many meetings a week and meet with my case manager and attend classes. They’ve taught me so many things… how to budget, how to work on my resume, things that people take for granted.
“I’ve learned how to keep house. When I was using [drugs], I didn’t care about cleaning my house. But now I keep my house clean, my laundry done, and everything in order.”
“Never give up on yourself or that family member who’sstruggling. As long as they’re still breathing, there’s still hope.You just have to put that willingness and action behind it. It’s that mustard seed of faith.
“I was raised a fire-and-brimstone Baptist, but now the God of my understanding is much different: Today it’s just a message of grace and unconditional love. That’s not an excuse to do bad things. I’m human. But Iknow if I mess up God will not forsake me. What I’ve learnedi s that God never left me. I was the one who chose to walk away. But He was always there waiting.”