“God is working in my life!”
She’d struggled with addiction for years of her adult life – and it was Trica’s addictions that finally put her in Wishard Hospital. She’d tried recovery programs that didn’t work, and lost custody of her daughter “because I wasn’t able to take care of her.” When the hospital staff asked Trica if she had a place to go, she told them she didn’t know.
“I didn’t want to go back home. I felt so ashamed…my family kept letting me stay, and I kept messing up.”
That’s when she found out about Wheeler Mission. Trica came for our emergency services – meals and safe shelter – but when our staff encouraged her to join our long-term recovery program, Higher Ground, she remembers thinking, “I’m not ready for that.”
Trica knew she didn’t want to go back to the same people and places that would land her back in the same cycle of addiction and shame. “I was tired of that lifestyle.” So she finally decided to join our Higher Ground program.
For the first time, Trica was able to work through the shame she’d felt her whole life. “Because Higher Ground is a spiritual program, I could accept my mistakes, realize God is a forgiving God – and start to change my life.”
“When issues came up, I learned I didn’t have to get high. I learned to deal with life as it came at me, sober.”
After she graduated, Trica joined our Servant Leadership Training program. Today, she is serving others – working with women just entering our program who are facing the same issues she did in her first year in Higher Ground.
Trica now works at the front desk at our Center for Women & Children, an opportunity that she uses to continue to reach out to those in need.
“I’m just overwhelmed how God has, and is, working in my life,” Trica says, smiling. “This place is wonderful for anyone who’s struggling. It touches the lives of all sorts of women, exactly where they’re at.”