"When I first came to Promise Place, I was angry at myself. I was
depressed, and overwhelmed because I'm halfway back. I had a hard
time finding work, but the staff at Promise Place kept encouraging
me to keep looking and not give up until I found work. Every time I
feel like I want to give up on something, or feel like giving up on
myself, not just one staff member, but all staff at Promise Place
talks to me and helps me out with whatever I'm going through. They
also help me point out my own character defects to help me be a
"all staff at Promise Place talks to
me and helps me out with whatever I'm going through."
"keep your head up, there is hope
for a better life."
"Promise Place is a hand up, not a hand out. I arrived here June 15,
2016. With the help of peers and staff, I have become gainfully
employed. I have a rejuvenated relationship with my daughters. If
you're motivated and truly want a second chance, this is the place
for you. There are rules and regulations you must follow- just like
any other facility- but if you follow them, you are well on your way
to a fresh start. I'm writing this 3 weeks into being here. Imagine
how far I will be in just a few months. So keep your head up, there
is hope for a better life."
"On April 29, 2016...again I had a violation of my parole. I was
in a dark place... hurting. My heart was broken. I said words that
would wound people- hurt people. My words cut and they were deep. I
didn't realize I was doing or saying words that made people feel
like they were below me. It took me a very long time to sit still,
look at myself in a mirror, and find my heart again. I was always
taught to treat people how I would like to be treated, so I prayed
every nite that the person down deep inside me would come to light
and start healing me from deep down. I take a personal inventory
every night. I call it "taking the trash out". The trash man comes
every morning... and I start over. "Dump it baby!" "Get it out!"
While at Promise Place, I learned to listen, and listened to learn.
I am a better person today. I got the opportunity to just listen to
people that I hurt. Someone once said to me that life is what you
make it, and when you say something to someone that it doesn't have
to be mean. I try each and every day to say or do something nice
for someone. My blessings are coming back to me each and every day.
There was a reason I walked through these doors. I found happiness
within myself. They broke me down to build a better stronger me. It
is one day, one minute at a time. Promise Place has taught me there
is hope after prison. There are people who truly care. Outside of
these walls there is light for me.
Thank you Promise Place
for the better way!
"There was a reason I walked through these doors.
happiness within myself."
"The Program is more than a support
system for me, we are a family. All cut from a different cloth,
but willing to work together to better one another."
I want to start off by saying how thankful I am for "The Program".
The CEO, Carol Howard, and other woman involved were a major asset
to my recovery in so many ways. Battling addiction can be very
challenging, let alone trying to overcome my past. The Program
supported me through my transition, and I am happy to say I am now
well enough to give back to other women that are traveling along the
same journey as I did.
Coming from a family that struggles
with alcohol addiction made for a trying childhood. Often times I
felt alone and held a lot of responsibility a child shouldn't have
to bare. I taught myself a lot of positive life skills but I was
also responsible for teaching myself right from wrong, which was
more like trial and error. When I started drinking at age 20, I had
very little self-discipline and this party life style soon became a
habit. The dreams that I once had of graduating college and becoming
an architect were what I thought had been shattered.
into my addiction I had been arrested for driving under the
influence. Followed by more arrests, probation and ultimately a jail
sentence of 17 months work release. My whole world was crushed at
this point. I had hit rock bottom. Here I was a mother of two
amazing boys and I was behind bars.
I pressed myself into
recovery, and at this point I was desperate for any solution other
than the ones I had tried in the past that had seemingly failed.
That's when I was introduced to The Program. Immediately I was drawn
into The Program because I was able to rekindle my torn relationship
with my children. Little did I know that I would gain so much from
the women behind it. The Program is more than a support system for
me, we are a family. All cut from a different cloth, but willing to
work together to better one another.
I am very proud to say
that I am one year sober, and counting- and I am well on my way to
achieving the goals I once thought were hopeless. I thank The
Program and everyone involved for their support. I couldn't have
done it without you.