Graduate shares story of hope, healing from the past
“My life before coming to Hope Inspired Ministries was full of broken promises. I had worked at some jobs that I enjoyed, but they weren’t paying the bills. There also was no room for growth and I felt depressed and run down spiritually. I had things I had done in the past that were holding me back and were affecting my future.
I wanted something different in life and I knew I would have to work at it. I started this transformation in 2013, by studying and passing the GED on the first try. I have also learned that you need to deal with your past before you can deal with the present. You will definitely learn from your past experiences and sometimes they can make you or break you or even draw you closer to the Lord.
My goal in life is to find a job that will provide for my family and the future. I want to grow spiritually and would consider in the future doing community service as a way to pay it forward for all the help we received in the past year. I would like to work in an office as a receptionist and answer phone and direct visitors to their destination. I would like to go back to school to further my education by getting a degree in Business Administration. I have thoroughly enjoyed my internship at Family Guidance and I have learned a lot from Ms. Yolanda Adams and her staff.
I want to thank my mother and daughter for being patient with me during the last 13 weeks.By taking this time to help myself, it will help my daughter because I will be a better example for her.
I want to thank Leanne, Ashton, and Michael for their support during the program and giving me time to grow and to deal with my past in a more honest way. I would also like to thank my mentor, Mrs. Linda Slauson for being there for me during our lunches on Thursday. Thank you to my volunteer teachers, Mandi, Sherri, and Brenda and my counselor, Phoebe. I would like to especially thank The Family Guidance Center of Alabama for allowing me to intern with them, and learn how they help families in Montgomery and the surrounding area by providing programs and classes to help parents find jobs or teaching parenting classes. I will also always be grateful to Jane Ferguson for her love and support. Thank You!”