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Melanie was exhausted. Her struggle with addiction overwhelmed her. The violence at home made it worse. She was close to ending it all.

Living out-of-state, there was no one near to help and things were getting worse. She had battled depression all her life and now it was taking her down.

Then, God intervened, giving her the strength to call a crisis hotline. They rushed her to a clinic and in those dark moments she surrendered herself to God.

Now what? She had to leave the clinic, but where would she go? “I had lost my job and my home. My kids were at their wits’ end and didn’t know what to do for me. I just prayed, ‘God, please get me in the right place to fully recover.’”

Her family recommended Star of Hope, but that meant going back to Houston where she started using drugs and alcohol years ago. Even so, God gave her the confidence to make the move. She arrived at Star of Hope and made the most of it.

“Now I’m assured God has a purpose for me, and I am equipped with God-given talents to fulfill it.” Workshops and guest speakers taught her work ethics, career strengths and weaknesses, résumé writing and stress management.

On the personal side, Melanie learned healthy nutrition and how to manage her money and emotions. Now she is in our Workforce Development Program and excited about a career.

At 53 years old, Melanie said, “I feel whole again. I don’t ever want to lose that. I never want to go back to my old life. To the Star of Hope staff, thank you for your encouragement. And a special thank you to the many donors and volunteers for your support to Star of Hope Mission.”

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. —Romans 8:18, NIV

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