I am a recovering heroin and cocaine addict who found myself homeless. My two boys who mean everything to me were taken from my custody. I fully surrender and have started to trust God. I was in rehab when some of the girls from Immaculata Home came in and did a presentation on the faith-based program. I felt that God spoke to me and told me I was to go there.
The Immaculata Home has changed my life! The 8am morning Chapel Prayer helps me get in tune with the Holy Spirit first thing in the morning. As I go about my day I can feel God move through me in everything I do. I really look forward to our Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ study on Tuesdays. I feel that I have formed good, healthy, relationships with all the women at the house. We all have something to offer and it is nice because I usually do not get along with women.
I am working on getting my children back and the visits with them are going well. They see a change in me. My mother is so PROUD of me and has no idea what happened but is just “going with it”. I know in the future I want to continue to be a part of Immaculata Home and I also know that no matter what, as long as I do the next right thing everything will fall into place according to the Lord’s will. I am so grateful and feel so blessed to be a part of this home!
Meet Laura- due to domestic violence history Laura's real name and photo is not being used.
The day I got out of prison I really didn’t have much of anything. One pair of pants, 1 pair of sneakers, a few white t-shirts. But I felt rich, my 3 kids were there with open arms.
After checking in at parole and talking to the kids, they took me to the transitional home where I was going to stay. Every time I think about that day I get all teared up. I walked threw the door and there was a big sign and big balloons. The sign said, “Welcome Home, Laura!” Never would I feel like my name and home sounded so good together! The ladies came running with their arms wide open. It was amazing!
Since that day I have learned so much because of Immaculata Home. I have 6 sibling that I haven’t seen in years. But now I am part of a family. A safe family. I went through a lot of abuse. I don’t get any of that here. For the first time in all my life I feel safe. The Lord, He is all around us, to help us in anyway we need. I’m not alone, even when everyone has something to do. And I’m home by myself. I’m not alone. Jesus is with me.
Now when my kids look at me I can see how proud they are of me, they know I’m in a beautiful home and I have great family who loves me. I need nothing. I have beautiful clothes and shoes, big comfy bed, the home is just so beautiful and dreamy. Everyday I learn more and more of what the Lord has planned for me.
Chaplain Kesterson, what can I say? I love being near her, the love and warm that she gives is just so inviting, unconditional. She truly wants the best for us. She makes sure every time she is around us that we know we are worth something, the Lord loves us and she loves us. I was, no I thought I was a confident woman before. For me that is so powerful. With her and the Lord on my side there isn’t anything I can’t do! My home-Immaculata Home.