Step 1: I must admit I am powerless over my hurts, habits, and hang-ups, that my life has become unmanageable. In the Twelve Steps to Recovery, this is the first step. Before coming to The New Beginnings (TNB), this is the point where my life stood. I was powerless to change things out of my control, and my life was unmanageable. I was surviving instead of living.
God has since used The New Beginnings to change that. I have been provided with a safe, healthy environment that my son and I now call home. We attend church on Sundays with genuinely loving people. TNB has also supported me in acquiring a higher education. In June 2016, I will graduate from Cape Coral Tech with a certificate in Business and Accounting.
Although I’ve been through many difficult and challenging times, I have come to learn of God’s love through it all. Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse in the Bible that has helped me the most. It has become my life verse. I never would have imagined life would bring me to Florida or to the supportive family I have gained since living at TNB. Through God’s mercy and grace, I have found a new beginning!
Valerie is a participant in The New Beginnings Program for Single Mothers located in Cape Coral, Florida.