Meet Michelle. Here at Turlock Gospel Mission we have come to know Michelle as a ray of sunshine. She always has a smile on her face, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Despite her situation she remains positive. Read her story below.
What led you to becoming homeless?
“Heroin; I got addicted after the death of my mother. She died 20 minutes after I gave birth to my daughter. My mother and I had many issues; my stepdad molested me when I was very young, my mother refused to leave him so I was taken away at the age of six. I am thankful I at least had a chance to make amends with her before her death.”
How long have you been in recovery?
“I have been clean since November 5, 2015.”
Do you ever feel unsafe being a homeless woman?
“If I was by myself; yes, but because I have my boyfriend with me at all times I feel safe.”
Can you tell me about your companion Meatball?
“I got Meatball when he was a puppy, he was only five weeks old. He loved sleeping on my chest. Meatball is everything to me, when I’m upset he knows how to make me laugh.”
What are some of your goals?
“I want to get my life on the right track and feel good about myself. I need to learn to forgive myself for my past.”
Do you see yourself ever being somewhere other than the streets?
“Yes, I want to start looking for a job and then getting into housing. It’s going to take time, and I know it’s not going to happen overnight.”
How has Turlock Gospel Mission helped you?
“Turlock Gospel Mission gives me a place to go and feel safe. If I ever need someone to talk to the staff is always there to listen. I never go hungry; they feed every day, 7 days a week.”
Are there any words of encouragement you would like say to others on the street?
“Keep your head up high. You can always pray to God, never give up faith in the Lord. God has answered my prayers, things in my life have gotten better since I gave myself to him.”