Heather Barber

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.”