JoannHomeless mom desperate for hope at Thanksgiving
Joann’s life spiraled after a divorce and she lost everything. But your generosity helped restore her hope and future. Here is her story in her own words...
Several years, I spent Thanksgiving in prison or homeless. My family was out of my life — they shut doors. I guess you could say it was tough love. Looking back it was totally understandable. I have children who are adults now and it was hard not having a place for them to come. Sometimes it was just another day to get through.
I went through a divorce and a battle for custody of my daughter. I lost that battle and felt I wasn’t a great mom, or a great wife. I didn’t know how to deal with those feelings. Alcohol became my best friend. After losing jobs and my home, my vehicle, and my child — I became homeless and an embarrassment to my family, and to myself. The only way I knew how to survive was stealing. That was my way of surviving. It landed me in prison for a year.
I got bounced around in prison... I was scared. I remember somebody told me to pray to Jesus and I did. I prayed and I was at peace. I made it through the rest of my sentence in prison.