Sarah’s mother died when she was 6 and her father raised her and her siblings. She dropped out of school, but later got a G.E.D. She got certified as a CNA and spent many years as a caregiver.
“When my health started failing and arthritis spread all through my body, I couldn’t stand for long periods of time and had to quit the work I was doing. Being out of work, trying to pay bills, is how I got in this predicament.”
She lived with her son in his car for a while and with other people, but it was hard to find a job, until she came to the Mission. “Coming here was so different and I had to adjust like everyone else, but it was good. I got clean linen, we had three meals a day, and I got to go to Chapel. Back then I didn’t have a relationship with the Lord, but I found him here.”
Sarah applied for disability but was turned down. When her son got a better job she left to live with him. “It felt promising, but things didn’t go well.” She was back to living from house-to-house, then from shelter-to-shelter. “It was horrible. I had to stay outside in the cold. My health was deteriorating, I felt depressed, and my self-esteem was so low.”
Sarah came back to the Mission last summer. “It was such a relief. I thank the Lord because he led me back here. I was so grateful.”
When her disability was approved, “it opened up doors to get Medicaid and food stamps. They sent me a check and I was able to save money and spend money on things I really wanted. I started feeling the favor and blessings of God. I even started losing weight and enjoyed all the compliments I got. The Handi-Ride comes right to the door to pick me up and I have a wonderful doctor.
I used to feel like the Lord didn’t love me. Why did I have to go through all this? Today, I don’t talk like that. When I came into this environment, it was like a breath of fresh air. I’m just so grateful to the Lord and that the Mission was still here for me. Thank you Lord, thank you so much! I don’t know where I’d be without the Lord!”
Kaylie Jennifer Miller 30, born and raised with one sister by both parents until she was six when her parents divorced. She dropped out of high school in the 10th grade and has been taking G.E.D. classes on and off. “I babysat other people’s children and tried to get a profitable job,” she says. She …
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Regina was raised in North Carolina with eight siblings. After high school she got a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work from Elizabeth City State University, then moved to Virginia, got married and had a son, now 27. She got a job at Walmart, but separated from her husband in 2007 and moved back …