Megan walked into her new home in July at The Rescue Mission’s Charis House and looked at her bags. She didn’t want to unpack.
“I didn’t want to be here,” Megan said. “I was so upset and wondering why my life was like this. But, I knew that I needed to be here.”
Although Megan has never struggled with drugs or alcohol, a series of events with her family and the father of her children left Megan and her two sons with nowhere to go and no hope in sight.
“I had tried counseling to fix things, I tried talking with everyone to figure out where to go and how to help,” she said. “I figured Charis House was my last shot.”
And it was just the shot Megan needed to begin a search for Real Change.
In the long-term program, Megan began to acknowledge some of the poor decisions she had made in life, and her view of the future started to change.
“If I wouldn’t have had this support system at Charis House, I don’t know what I’d be doing,” Megan said. “I don’t think I’d be able to hold it together through all of this. I want to be a stronger, more independent person.”
Megan’s relationship with God has grown as well. She said the staff has been very influential in her spiritual life. It’s even rubbed off on her boys.
“We were out to eat recently and my son said, ‘Mom, close your eyes, we have to pray!’”
Megan is determined to give her family the bright future she feels they deserve. She has dreams of owning her own home, feeling secure, and being able to tell her sons that they aren’t struggling anymore.
“I’ve put them through a lot, but now I want to get it right for them,” Megan said. “I’m very grateful for Charis House and the opportunity that I have here. I can’t wait to start working, save money, get a car, and know that I have everything because I worked hard for it, and nobody can take that away from me again.”