I Know God is Here in This House
Hi! It’s Stacey. God brought me to the Kingston House at the perfect time. I can’t even put into words what being here means to me. The staff truly, truly, truly cares about you. I needed people who would support my faith. I needed to be able to talk about God openly. At the Mission I know that I can go to staff anytime and ask for prayers and they will sit down with me. I am just so thankful for the strength and support here at the Mission.
My father was an alcoholic and left when I was five years old, but I still remember the drinking and the abuse. He used to take us to the bar with him. My mother would pick us up cussing and screaming at him. After he left I was raised by mother, and she did the best she could, but it just wasn’t enough. There was no love, no compassion, nothing was taught. My aunts were awesome, they knew God. Now that I have a relationship with him, I know that they were there to make sure that I would have a few happy memories from my childhood.
At 17 I went out on my own. I used to help homeless people when I would see them on the streets because that was just who I was. I’ve always enjoyed helping people. I had no idea that I would ever be homeless myself. I used drugs for the first time when I was 17, and to be honest, I didn’t even like them. I thought it was so gross, but people convinced me to try and try them again. I can’t believe I was a follower for so long, because I’m usually more of a leader.
Here at the Mission I’ve proven that I can hold a job, be a friend, be a good daughter, and be a good sister. I’m just better at being accountable. I never used to have goals or dreams, but today I do. I know I am going to go back to school. I want to get my degree and I want to learn Spanish. I want to help as many people as I can, and get back to being my true self.
I know I’ve said it before, but words really can’t express the gratitude in my heart. I’m so overjoyed and so thankful that sometimes I just cry. The staff wants you to succeed, they want you to go for your dreams, and it’s so beautiful. It’s a house of miracles, like the banner says in the hallway. I can’t believe the support from the staff and all the people who donate to the Mission.
- Mary Ellen
- Joe D.