When I was child I was used for the production of pornography starting at the age of 6 and continuing for about five years. After sixth grade, I seldom went to school and had very little supervision from my mother. I was homeless off and on for many years.
At the age of 14, I started going to taverns to drink. I quit school altogether in the ninth grade and started buying marijuana and reselling it for a $1 a joint. During this time I started selling my body. This opened doors to new relationships with pimps and gang members and then the world of cocaine.
I sold cocaine to pay my bills which led to my own intense addiction. In 1999, I was evicted from my apartment and my belongings were literally thrown out on the street. I was homeless and slept in the nearest park. Then I started picking up men in bars so I would have a place to sleep.
The second time I tried cocaine, I became hooked. I no longer used my prostitution money for rent but for my drug habit. I had three more children, all of whom went to different family members as I continued with my drug addiction.
One day I put a .357 to my head and pulled the trigger. The bullet grazed my scalp severely damaging my ear drum but left me alive.
When I became pregnant with my last child Keenan, I was homeless and used drugs throughout my pregnancy. During labor at the hospital, I disconnected the cords that were attached to me and went into the bathroom and smoked a cocaine rock. Keenan was placed in foster care but after five months was taken by my sister.
I was tired of getting high, I wanted to stop but didn’t know how? I decided to go to the Mental Health Complex because I knew it was a safe place where I could get help. There, a Priest names Fr. Ralph who is also a nurse, told me that Jesus was the only one that could help me. He told me about a place where I could go get help and the name of that place was Teen Challenge.
I was discharged from the hospital on August 19th and entered as the first female resident in the Milwaukee Teen Challenge Women’s Center on August 20th, 1999.
I am so thankful that God loves me and has forgiven me. I know he has a plan for my life. His word gives me hope and I believe he will restore to me hope and a purpose. Thank you for supporting Teen Challenge. God has made a difference in my life and by your support to this ministry, he will be made known to many other hurting, lost women in our city.
All this time I believed that my life was only to get high and die. I thought God had given up on me. Today I realize that God was with me all the time. While I was in Teen Challenge, I was able to get my GED.
Today I have full custody of my son Keenan, and work as a Shift Supervisor at the Milwaukee Women’s Center. I also am able to give back to Teen Challenge by volunteering three times a week at the Robby Dawson Home.
I will be forever grateful for what God has done for me through Teen Challenge. Thank you to all who give from your hearts to Teen Challenge. Without God and your donations, none of this would be possible.
I am confident of this, that the one who begun a good work in you will continue it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Thank you and God Bless you all!!