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."