Janet’s Story of Hope and Recovery
October 30, 2015
In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we are thinking about what we are grateful for, sharing our compassion for our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and cheering on those like Janet who, given a second chance, are rising above the past and building successful futures.
"When I first came to Epiphany, I was such a different person than I am today, nine months later. First of all, I was huge, the biggest I’ve ever been. I was pregnant and homeless. I was living in tents under the freeway. Someone told me to call Epiphany Center. I was really scared and didn’t know what I was going to do. But even being pregnant did not stop me.
After I had my baby, I was so scared of losing him, so I came to Epiphany. I was expecting only shelter. Wow! I couldn't imagine I would discover the opportunity to find myself through their holistic programs. I’ve been here nearly a year now and the changes have been huge and dramatic. I feel like I’ve gotten myself back. I wasn’t always homeless. I had hopes; now I’ve found that old self again. I have so much confidence.
Epiphany’s parenting counselors are excellent. I learned so much from them. They helped me really be there for my baby, Joseph. I feel such a strong bond with him and he’s such a happy baby because we are here. Having the child care that allows me to go to the recovery program classes is huge, and I’m so grateful.
In October, I got housing but decided to stay in the Recovery Program at Epiphany Center. I just told my CPS worker (Child Protective Services) that I already have strong relationships here. I am comfortable at Epiphany and I like it here. I like the recovery staff because they are so supportive. Through their classes, my eyes are opened. They all help me feel proud and make me want to achieve success on my path to recovery. I decided to stay at Epiphany because I want to show that all the work here means a lot to me and I want to complete the program in January.
I am so happy I made this decision because I know I have more work to do, and I understand that after graduation, the real work starts. I recently spent my first weekend away from Epiphany Center. When I returned, some of the women asked me, 'How did you feel? Were you tempted to use?' I said 'no' because I have so much going for me now. And, I assume when I do graduate and no one from Epiphany is around to hold my hand, I will be equipped with all the tools I need to be successful."
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