Testimonial: Angel

One of the biggest challenges that we often encounter is housing women and children. How do you make it all work, with accountability, child care, lack of parenting skills, no job, and the guilt and shame mom may feel over their circumstances? At this present time we here at Truly Motivated Transitional Living are unable to house women with their children. It is almost as if you needed a model home where these women could live and learn the way a “healthy” family operates. You see most of the ladies we come in contact with have had a dysfunctional life. With their experiences of abuse from the mental to the physical and deep rooted unhealthy behaviors, it can take years to learn a new way. Ask yourself what becomes of the child if the behaviors and the chains of oppression are not broken? The cycle continues! To hear Angel tell it, she did not want change. She wanted to stay in that place, sometimes the hardest part about change is just that - change. People in addiction whether active or arrested often times live their lives in fear and that is where Angel was at. Torn between wanting desperately out of the situation and the fear of what change may bring, she approached me and asked for help. We could not house her but I wanted to put her in a situation that ensured Victory in her life! I had what I thought was the perfect solution; I wanted to put her at Pastor Russ Blake’s house. Now that is change! She did not want to go; I basically had to tell her this is where you need to be. Here is what Russ had to say about this experience, “What an amazing opportunity it has been for us to have Angel and Ande in our home.  It really has provided us with a chance to mentor someone (who is very eager to re-learn life) in the most practical laboratory available; the laboratory of ‘doing life together’. Angel and Ande have indeed become a wonderful part of the Blake family and we are so blessed because of this experience.  We would recommend others in our position of life to avail themselves to this kind of mentoring, it’s the best!”(Russ Blake). Angel now has a full time Job, graduated from Thurston County drug court on the 25th of September, Ande is enrolled in school, and they are both enjoying a healthy life free of active addiction.

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