I find it so inspiring to see how God changes the lives of our residents at the Star of Hope. Many of them have endured things that I can’t even imagine, but I believe God has a plan to bring us closer to Him and ultimately make us stronger. I’d like to share with you this testimony of a woman named Elizabeth. Her life story is one of substance abuse that began at a very young age, and she drifted through life until she arrived at the Star of Hope.
This is Elizabeth’s testimony:
“’I’m Worth Something Today’ four words I never thought I’d say much less mean. My name is Elizabeth and I’m an alcoholic. I started drinking around the age of 15, I’m not sure why, I just wanted to. I blamed my drinking on social pressures and family, but the truth is it just made me feel good. The drinking went on throughout my high school years, and after a DWI arrest and almost drinking myself to death, my family said enough and cut me off. Now, having no job, no money and a need for alcohol … I decided to use my dad’s checkbook and write checks to myself to get cash for booze. It wasn’t long before my dad realized what I was doing and called the cops, they arrested me, and I went to jail for forgery.
After my release I was told about the Star of Hope, and since I didn’t have any other options … I went to Star of Hope. Still angry and blaming everyone else for the bad choices I’d made, my transition into the program was not a smooth one. But after a few reality checks with the counselors, I began to take responsibility for my choices. I learned a lot about God and His unconditional love for me. I truly believe God used the Star of Hope to show me that I don’t have to settle for just anything because I’m worth something today.
I want to thank the Star of Hope donors and staff for everything they do. My future plans are to get my GED and go to college.”
Because of your support, life changes are happening at the Star of Hope and Elizabeth was able to tackle her addiction and get closer to God. Now she has a new opportunity for a good life.