As I look back I am so grateful to the Hope Center for taking me under their wing and guiding me in the right direction. They showed me true compassion and love. Back in 2012 I had a life-altering situation occur. I lost my job, ended up in jail for over a month, and almost lost my children, new home. In addition, my health was on a downhill spiral. I hit an all-time low- mentally, spiritually, and physically. I was terrified and hopeless. With nowhere to turn I was lost. I didn’t know much about the Community Care program at the Hope Center. But I knew that I needed to get involved and ask for help because I felt that they would not judge me. First, I decided to start going to the Hope Center Food Pantry for groceries. It was one of the hardest things for me to do. I had so much pride and felt so embarrassed but knew I had my children to think about and swallowed my pride. After a few visits I decided to volunteer at the pantry.
I loved feeling like I was helping others and the people prayed with me and over me. It made me feel a sense of security. The holidays were around the corner and I had no job, no money, and no clue how I would provide, let alone have a Christmas for my kids. That’s when the Community Care program at the Hope Center invited me to sign my kids up for the Bless-a-Child program! I was so thankful I cried. I started to regularly commit to the Community Care program and meet with my life encourager, Angela Copenbarger. I could trust her and began to share my situation. She would pray and give me advice on how to pray over my troubles and believe in God. She really taught me to remember He is always in control and to have more trust in him. I owe her a huge Thank You for believing in me when I didn’t even believe in myself. Today I’m proud to say I have completed my bachelors at EIU, have wonderful family, a good job and reliable transportation, understand better the love of the Lord, and just this year have been reunited with a friend I’ve known for 20 years. We will be married later this year. Thank you Hope Center! I love you all!
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