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At just age 33, Rebecca has already experienced the worst that life can throw your way: addiction, homelessness, and, especially, crippling fear. But sometimes, it was the simple things that made her experience on the streets so hard. Like just finding a bathroom.
She says, “You have to humble yourself and ask a restaurant, ‘Hey, can I use the bathroom?’ When they say no, that hurts. You’re not even acceptable to use the bathroom.” But today, thanks to you and other generous CityTeam partners, Rebecca is at our House of Grace, rebuilding her life, preparing for a new career, and getting close to the God she ran away from years ago. “I came to CityTeam with one thing in my mind: To really recover from everything in the right way. Spiritually. I didn’t know that I would get this much out of it. I didn’t know that my spirit would be settled in such a way that I’d be able to trust people again.”
Rebecca says she prayed to God, “Please bring me to a place where it’s right for me, where I can get to know You, and use my voice for You.” At CityTeam, she has learned how to talk about her feelings and risk having real friends who sometimes challenge what you say and do. “There are a lot of structured classes. My first class, Bible Study, shows me how dependent on God I am. I need to start my morning off fellowshipping with God, and talking about the Word.” Another class Rebecca takes seriously focuses on purity — protecting your heart, mind, and body in a culture where women endure so much disrespect.
She has also been able to take advantage of CityTeam @ Work, where she has been introduced to a variety of professional trades she could go into and has now been given the opportunity to join a carpentry apprenticeship program and eventually become an inspector. Rebecca says, “I’m so glad I have people to direct me when I don’t know what I want in life. CityTeam has taken a chance on me. I would never be able to pay that back. They’re pouring into my life.” With Rebecca’s progress, she’s now able to spend more time with her children. This helps her stay connected with her 11-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. “My attitude is 1000% better. I’m not a victim anymore,” she says. “I’m aware that my actions have caused me to fall, and that my willingness to surrender has gotten me this far now.”
With the help of CityTeam Renew, Rebecca has overcome addiction and found new purpose. Her children have seen her hungry, homeless, and in handcuffs, but now they see she’s been transformed into a mother who will never give up.