Area of Greatest Need
Growing up surrounded by addiction, Marie suffered trauma and abuse as a child. As a result she used alcohol and cocaine to cope and, by 26 years old, was the mother of three children. Though being a mother was a cherished experience, Marie continued to lose herself to alcohol. In August of 2015 she went on a five day drinking binge that left her blacked out for days. It was during this moment Marie decided it was time to turn her life around.
“When I woke up, I knew I wasn’t in control of what was happening in my life,” Marie says. “I had to give everything up and just surrender.”
While working toward recovery at The Sanctuary, UGM’s Stabilization Bed Program for women, a donation of sewing machines sparked a fire inside Marie. Through sewing Marie began to rediscover her creative talents that had been hidden for many years. Staff encouraged her to explore her budding talents through The Sanctuary’s Peer Leadership Program, which offers honorariums and encourages Sanctuary residents to gain self-esteem by sharing skills and expanding their work experience.
“The Sanctuary has meant so much to my life,” Marie shares. “I wouldn’t have the relationships with people in my life who’ve been the biggest supporters I’ve ever had. I also have a relationship with God now, after shutting the door on Him.”
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