My name is Sandy and life for me has felt like a series of earthquakes. Every time I feel like I’m steady, everything shakes apart.

The turmoil started early in life. I was emotionally abused as a child and was led to believe I was never good enough and that I couldn’t do anything right. As a result, I grew up feeling worthless and have let people walk all over me for my entire life. I thought that was how it was supposed to be, and I didn’t think I deserved anything better. Those feelings carried into adulthood, and I eventually found myself penniless, homeless, and alone.

Not long ago, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which I learned was impacting choices I was making and causing me to sabotage myself. Thankfully, I heard about Shelter KC’s Women’s Center  a residential program for single, homeless women with addictions and mental health issues.

Before coming to Shelter KC, I didn’t like myself, and I didn’t care if I lived or died. But now all that is changing. Even though I know life will always have some “earthquakes,” I have found a level of peace at the Women’s Center  I know God is watching over this house, and with the help of wonderful staff and volunteers, my confidence is growing more and more. I’m gaining self-respect, learning to find my voice, and I actually like myself now!

Though I’m a bit nervous about the prospect of moving out on my own one day, I know God is on my side. And I know when the time comes, he’ll prepare me and I’ll have the confidence I need. I know God’s got something for me and He’s going to put me where he wants me.

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