Seeking Something Better

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Tami’s Story –

I’m still putting the pieces of my life together and thinking about the impact it has had on my life.  My family was affected by poverty, addiction and divorce so I grew up in homes with my mom, grandparents, foster homes and juvenile facilities.  Having been sexually abused by a family member and missing my father and a nurturing environment, I ran from placement to placement, always seeking something better, but not finding it!

As a teenager I found alcohol and drugs to be my escape and later, after becoming a mom, I needed to provide for my child and was eventually groomed by a handsome, fun guy who sold drugs and “bought me”. I had another beautiful little girl and I also spent some time in prison.  After giving birth to a third child I tried to change my life to be there for her.  A few years ago, my middle daughter was killed in a terrible car accident.  The guilt and grief set me back and were quite fresh when I was introduced to Call to Freedom.

I couldn’t believe I could live in a nice comfortable and affordable apartment with my daughter.    At first, I had a hard time opening up and trusting…it seemed like whenever I trusted in the past, there was always a hidden agenda of, “Now you owe me!”

I have been involved with Call to Freedom for over a year.  My daughter and I feel like this is home.  I’ve grown so much through my part-time job, mental health counseling, addiction counseling and parenting classes as well as working on my goals with my case manager.

The staff have helped peel away my masks so I’m less guarded and more open.  I have over nine months of sobriety and a good relationship with my wonderful eleven-year-old.  She loves it here, feels safe and sees how well I am doing.  Call to Freedom accepted me where I was and helped me move forward.  Their faith and support helped my grow spiritually too!  Their unconditional caring has given me a foundation of embracing life and experiencing love!  I thank God for this time and the changes in my life.  This is the “Better Place” I was so often seeking!

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