Every day I thank God for bringing Hopes Crossing into my life. My name is Yvette I am 53 years old and I am an addict. I had two children by the time I was 17 years old, married and divorced twice. Over the past 8 years, I had started using Meth on a daily basis. Hating myself more and more with each day drifting farther and farther away from my family and loved ones, I wanted desperately to quit but was unable to on my own, I would pray and ask for help.
About three years ago is when I started getting in trouble with the law. I had become careless and got arrested for getting high in the parking lot of a Casino and then arrested a few more times until the day my prayers were answered and I went to prison.
Going to prison devastated my family but I knew it was the only way I would be able to quit using. I was sentenced to 10 months at Perryville State Prison.
When released I knew I had the initial part of my recovery done but uncertain on how I was going to maintain my sobriety. I attended NA Meetings, went to the classes that were mandatory while on Parole but never quite feeling like “wow this program really helped” instead I had an emptiness I needed to fill with something other than drugs. I mentioned my concerns to my Parole officer and she recommended me to Hopes Crossing.
Again my prayers were answered, God is good! After meeting Laura and learning about The Fundamentals of Freedom Program I knew this was where I needed to be. I started the 16-week program and never missed a day. With the guidance, inspiration, and knowledge I was taught at Hopes Crossing.
Over this period of time, I learned a lot about myself, who I was and what I really wanted out of life. Most importantly I learned how to love myself.
My life has done a complete 180 degree turn around. I have built a beautiful relationship with my daughter again. She did not want anything to do with me when I went to prison. I have a new relationship with my parents and my sister. I have the most amazing job ever, helping women at a women’s shelter.
I would recommend this program to any woman who is tired of being a caterpillar bound in a cocoon and wants to be a beautiful butterfly spreading her wings and fling high. I found myself at Hopes Crossing and I love the woman I see in the mirror today.
Thank you for all that you do,