When Maggie first entered the Newberg Community Shelter, she felt lost.
“My mother had just passed away and she was my whole purpose. I didn’t know how I was going to survive. I really felt like doing harm to myself. I felt like I wasn’t worth living.”
But God had been with Maggie step-by-step through a difficult divorce, losing custody of her daughter, and eventually the death of her mother. Now through the shelter she had an opportunity to get back on track.
“Even in the darkest and lowest of times, this place saved my life. There was always a tiny little seed that said you are better than this, and that was God.”
Though the first time Maggie left the shelter resulted in her moving back, it was another life lesson that prepared her for the journey. This time she was able to accomplish the tasks our Transitional Living Coach, Melanie Harrison, had assigned and participate in other programs to help her succeed.
“Maggie has been a blessing to me, she went above and beyond what we asked of her in her individual success plan,” commented Harrison.
Recently, Maggie secured a new apartment! While working with YCAP, they were able to provide Maggie’s security deposit. Recognizing her hard work, a team from Newberg Christian Fellowship volunteered to help her move and capped the day off with a celebratory meal from Pogy’s.
“I didn’t even know how to talk to people when I got here, I was so isolated. Now I have friends that I love so much.”
It is only thanks to God and people like you who have invested their time, energy and resources to help Maggie back on the road to independence. Every small gift, whether it was time, funds or prayer, has multiplied to result in one person’s life forever changed.
“I’m better now. I feel like now that I can step out with more confidence, I’m prepared to have my own place.”
“Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5 (GNT)
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