Leaving my broken family at the age of eighteen seemed like the best way to finally be free from the judgment I had received my whole life. I started to jump from home to home trying to find stability, but my struggles continued. One night I didn’t have anywhere to go so I decided to stay with my best friend from high school.

A couple days later she and I thought it would be a good idea to take a pregnancy test. The shocking positive sign on the pregnancy test brought me to my knees. What was I going to do? Where am I going to go? My first instinct was to make my pregnancy go away, but my best friend refused to watch me throw away my baby’s life and decided to look around for help and she found Lifeline Family Center.

When I first walked through Lifeline’s doors I felt a peace surround me. All the stress, anger and shame were washed away. Something new had risen in my spirit– hope, love and redemption. Being here at Lifeline gives me the privilege to rise above my past and see the bright light shining towards my future.

Just recently I got on student level and will be able to start Florida Gulf Coast University to get my certification in dental assisting for which I have received three scholarships. God has provided so much for me in the last 10 months of being here and has blessed me with a happy and beautiful little girl who is five months of age.

I would like to thank everyone who makes it possible for me to be here. Without all your support I never would have become the woman I am today.