A Thousand Heartbreaks
Before Teresa came to Shepherd’s Gate, she had endured more heartbreaks than most people ever experience.
As a child, she suffered from trauma which led her to endure physically and emotionally abusive relationships. Seeking a way to cope, she began using drugs and became addicted to meth. Her addiction led to damaged relationships, job loss, even homelessness.
But her worst heartbreak came from having to go through the unimaginable.
Her infant grandson passed away, and she held his body in her arms.
“Our whole family was in sorrow, grief and pain,“ Teresa says.
Eventually, all of the hardships led her to hit rock bottom. She found herself homeless, jobless and felt hopeless. Teresa sat in her truck sobbing. She didn’t know where to go or what to do, so she just prayed.
“I never felt more lost and alone or unloved,“ Teresa says. “I knew I wanted a different life. This wasn’t the life I wanted at all.“
Then she felt God telling her to go to Shepherd’s Gate. Teresa immediately drove to our Brentwood campus to fill out an application and enroll in our recovery program.
Thanks to caring friends like you, Teresa discovered that Grace Starts Here. Through her journey of recovery, she learned how addiction damaged everyone in her family. She’s begun healing and is working to repair those relationships.
But best of all, Teresa learned that God pours out His grace and love for her.
“Shepherd’s Gate has made me realize I’ve always had a father’s love. He has been with me all my life.“