Stephanie was no stranger to heartache. At the tender age of 12, she was a victim of molestation at the hands of her brother-in-law. He introduced her to drugs and alcohol to make it easier to overcome her inhibitions.
In the years that followed, Stephanie found she needed stronger and stronger drugs to get by. She got pain pills from her stepmother. From her boyfriend, she got hooked on methamphetamine. But when her father succumbed suddenly to cancer in 2012, she gave what was left of her life completely over to addiction.
Sometimes they would find someone willing to let them crash on a couch and take a shower, but Stephanie was miserable. When she had access to the internet, she found it helped to vent her frustrations on Facebook.
“I would post things like, ‘I can’t do this anymore… I want to die.’ And, among the other comments, I started getting responses from my high school friend Manda, asking me if I was ok, if I needed help.”
It turns out, while Stephanie was spending her days in the desert, Manda was staying at Gospel Rescue Mission, receiving counseling and direction on how to overcome her own addictions.
But despite Manda’s offers of help, Stephanie first decided to try to start her life over on her own. She found a way to leave Tucson for Phoenix. When that didn’t work out, she hitched a ride to Las Vegas. Eventually, Stephanie found herself right back where she started. “The first thing I did when I got back to Tucson was call Manda. I said ‘I’m back and I need help.’ Manda immediately called Gospel Rescue Mission to set everything up. She and her husband even picked me up, drove me over here, and actually walked me through the doors.”
It was the best decision Stephanie ever made.
“Gospel Rescue Mission saved my life. Literally. When I called Manda, I was shooting up so much that it was only a matter of time before I overdosed.”
“I have unsupervised visits with him now and I’m hoping for overnight visits soon. Gospel Rescue Mission was with me every step of the way, from helping me get to child and family team meetings to advocating for me in my court hearings. I am so grateful for this program, only God could have made all this possible.”
We have no doubt that Stephanie will soon have the joy of sitting across from her little boy at the dinner table, sharing a little turkey, and building the first of many happy holiday memories! This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for lives Christ redeems, like Stephanie’s and Manda’s and for the prayers and support from friends like you who make it all possible!