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published June 07, 2010

A Legacy of Faith

ValerieEven though her two children are grown, Valerie wants to leave a legacy to them which demonstrates the power of God’s compassion and grace in her life. “I’ve made a lot of bad choices, and I’ve been without hope. But I didn’t want to pass that on to my kids,” she says. “I want them to know that I am where I am today because of His grace and mercy. I can’t do anything without God.”

Valerie was on the streets for 15 years. Now, she is finally living in her own apartment. But it’s taken years of hard work, patience and faith to turn her life around – and to get a place of her own. “I started making changes in my life several years ago,” she says. “And when I was at Breakthrough, I finally came to the point where I was able to have my own place.”

That was in February of 2008, when Breakthrough staff helped Valerie through the process of applying for supportive housing. She spent over a year on the list before getting a placement. “It was frustrating,” she says, “and during that time, my husband called me to tell me that he wanted to move on.”

Still, Valerie has found comfort and healing in her faith. She is thankful for the support of Breakthrough staff members, who worked with others to encourage her and connect her with opportunities. Valerie was a Breakthrough guest at Marcie Newberry for a time. She also took advantage of personal and spiritual enrichment programming at Breakthrough. “The Bible studies are good,” she says. “And the staff is compassionate.”

Although living on her own presents new challenges, Valerie won’t forget her struggle and God’s blessing in her life. “I have a brand new life,” she says. “Sometimes I get lonely or apprehensive, but I know that God loves me and wants the best for me, no matter where I am.”