“I was very sick mentally and emotionally,” Michelle says. “I was in a vicious cycle and just didn’t know what to do.”
Michelle, a single mother of three boys, was abused as a child and later went from one abusive relationship to another. She suffered from severe anxiety and depression from the abuse that went untreated for years.
After her divorce, she was in a string of dead-end jobs that barely paid the bills. The turning point came when she lost her job and apartment, and ended up living in her car. She sent her teenage sons to live with their older brother because she couldn’t bear the thought of them being homeless. “I was worried I’d end up hurting myself and my children, so I dropped my kids off at my older son’s house.”
Michelle asked a friend for help and learned that Wheeler Mission had a program to help struggling women just like her. Here, through your gifts, she was blessed with the essentials of safe shelter… nutritious meals… and everything she needed to feel comfortable and at home.
“I went to the furthest depths of depression you could imagine,” Michelle shares. “I just thought I’m supposed to be strong, I’m supposed to handle it.”
Since coming to Wheeler, Michelle has received help and treatment for her depression, including counseling and Bible studies. Now she has a strength and peace she had never experienced before. “You have to be honest with God and allow Him to peer inside of you. That has been a tremendous help in my healing.”
Michelle recently graduated from the Foundations long-term program and completed her training as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She received help to overcome her own mental health challenges and now works as a caring, trained medical professional at a local senior community. She is working to restore the relationship with her children and hopes to be reunited with her family soon.
This Christmas, as Michelle celebrates Christ’s birth, she’ll also celebrate the joyous new life she found inside our doors… because of your kind compassion. “I have learned to accept myself and to take chances. I also feel that I know where I’m going and have direction for the first time. I’m on a career path that I love and I am just very thankful.”