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When Lynne was 8 years old, her dad was convicted of murder and went to jail.
“In order to feel close to my Dad, I hung out with the wrong crowd,” Lynne said.
A few years later, Lynne found herself in a relationship so abusive that she landed in the hospital.
“I had to leave him,” she remembers. “He had cut my hand open and put a fire extinguisher in my mouth.”
But Lynne didn’t know where to go, so she ended up on the street, carrying everything she owned in her duffle bag. There were weeks she didn’t eat.
“I was hungry, I hated that feeling,” she remembers. She hated it so much that when she was arrested on drug charges, she was thankful because she knew she’d get a hot meal.
“I started using meth when I was 12,” Lynne said. She wanted to get clean, but no program seemed to give her the right tools — until she came to Cityteam.
A New Life
“I was sick of the life,” Lynne remembers. “I called Cityteam, and they said they had a place for me. It was the day after Easter.”
When she first arrived, she was shocked.
“This is different and I know it,” she said. “Finding God is helping me have something to hold on to.”