TO HELP REBUILD LIVES

 

HELLO, MY NAME IS CRYSTAL. 

 

"I'm a mother of six.  I like to call myself a success with First Step Home - another chance given. 

I was in college and a manager of Burger King, with four children.  My Kids' father went to prison and that's when I started my journey to where I was using pain pills and drinking for two and a half years.  Then when that wouldn't help, I started using heroin.  I had two more children, both born addicted to opiates.  My son, Ronnie, was born at four and a half months and was in the hospital for four months.  He is alive and healthy today by the grace of God.  

When Ronnie was about a year old, I realized that I couldn't care for myself, let alone my children, so I gave them to my mother.  Thank you, Mom, for saving my kids and me.  

I tried going to First Step Home, but I wasn't ready.  I went on a downward spiral until I got to the point where I was crying, sitting on the bed in the house I grew up in... 

...CRYING BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO USE ANYMORE, WHILE INJECTING MYSELF BECAUSE I HAD NO CHOICE.   THAT BROUGHT ME BACK TO FIRST STEP HOME.

This time I gave it my all.

MY TWO OPTIONS WERE FIRST STEP HOME OR DEATH.   

When I got here I was lost.  I was broken.  I felt like I lost my soul.  I was a stranger to myself. 

I had six kids but I was no mother.  What mother chooses drugs over her children? 

Through my groups and the staff - who really cared - the people who saved my life - they helped me with employment and parenting classes.  But most of all - they showed me that I was worth it.  I do deserve to live.

They believed in me and loved me when I didn't love myself.  I as with First Step Home for a little over two years.  I was very sad to leave but it was time to get my babies back.  Time to be a mommy again.  I get to tuck my babies in every night at our own home.  

 

AND EACH NIGHT MY CHILDREN THANK FIRST STEP HOME FOR GIVING THEM THEIR MOMMY BACK.

Today I have great employment.  I'm an assistant manager for Panera, but still with hopes to be a counselor so I can save a life like mine.  Today I have about two and a half years clean and I am a great mother of six beautiful kids.  I couldn't have done it without First Step Home."

 

2203 Fulton Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45206

Tel: (513) 961-4663

Fax: 513-961-4681

 

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