Business Office Manager
I am from NJ and was born into a family broken by addiction and violence. Growing up I took care of myself the best I could. I was abused mentally and physically and remember feeling alone and scared most of the time. When I was 11 years old I drank alcohol for the first time and was immediately drawn to the relief I felt. By age 14 I was stealing alcohol, smoking marijuana and experimenting with cocaine and LSD. Around this time I tried to commit suicide and was put into an institution for adolescents. When I got out I continued to drink and use drugs and live from place to place. At age 18 I tried heroin for the first time. I felt warm and safe and numb from all the pain I had inside. For the first time in my life I felt like this world couldn’t hurt me. I quickly became addicted and realized that if I tried to stop I would get violently ill so I would lie, steal, manipulate and do whatever it took to make sure I didn’t run out.
After several years, hospitalizations and attempts to detox I realized I was going to die if I didn’t stop. I went to a detox in northern NJ, and it was there that a counselor told me about the Walter Hoving Home. At the age of 22 I walked in the doors of the Home in Garrison, NY. I remember being so scared but I had nowhere else to go. For the first couple months I walked with my head down and couldn’t stop crying because I began to feel all the pain I had numbed for so long. But I was introduced to Jesus Christ and I gave my life to Him. It was the greatest news I’d ever heard! The more I read the Bible and learned, the more I fell in love with the Lord. He started healing me from the past abuse, abandonment and neglect. The Walter Hoving Home is the first place I ever felt safe and I stayed for almost 2 years studying the Bible and pursuing my relationship with Jesus Christ.
I eventually moved on from the Home and went out on my own. I got married and had a beautiful daughter. I made some bad choices and faced some hard times, but this time I knew the Lord. A couple years ago I came back to the Walter Hoving Home for restoration and to get back on my feet after a painful divorce. Now I work at the Home and live there with my daughter. I am so grateful to work at the Home and be a part of what the Lord is doing in so many women’s lives. What a miracle that the Lord would not only save me, change me and heal me; but that He would also use me to help others. It’s truly miraculous!
A scripture I stand on and always go back to is Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”