Your support is giving Mindy a second chance

-and she can’t thank you enough!

San Diego Rescue Mission Newsletter Story

“Now I know my worth.”

Mindy spent most of her life trying to forget her pain.

As a little girl, she’d been abused by a family member, and the trauma followed her well into adulthood.

For a while, devoting her life to caring for others was a helpful distraction. Mindy worked in a psychiatrist’s office, and by age 25, she was raising four kids of her own. “But giving birth to my last child just sent me into a depression,” she says.

Soon after, she lost her beloved grandmother, the woman who had raised her. “I took it really hard,” Mindy remembers. “I quit my job and just started drinking heavily every day.”

As her depression went untreated, Mindy self-medicated with substances more and more. “I was just covering up the trauma from my past that I didn’t want to address.”

Mindy’s breaking point came when she ended up in the hospital. As she wrestled with her suicidal thoughts, deep down, she knew she needed help. “I prayed and asked God to help me find a long-term program where I could recover.” Coming to San Diego Rescue Mission, Mindy found the answer to her prayers.

“Spiritually, God has come into my life and reconstructed everything,” she says of her time at the Rescue Mission.

Through counseling, spiritual guidance and classes in our program, she’s gained healthy coping skills to address her depression. And she’s learned how to take care of herself in all ways – body, mind and spirit.

“Now I know that if I’m not doing okay, then I can’t really help anybody else,” she says. “I’m more self-aware… and I believe God has called me to help other women like me.”

Mindy is beyond grateful for this second chance in life – and says it’s thanks to the love you’ve shown for a neighbor like her. “Before I came to the Rescue Mission, I was lost,” she says. “But now, I’m growing into the woman of God I was designed to be.”

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