When you’re behind bars, you’ve got a lot of time to think. And Katelin had a lot to think about.
“I kept thinking about all the things I’d done wrong and how I wanted to do them differently,” she says. “And I was thinking about what I need to do when I got out.”
Katelin was just 20 at the time, but so much had happened. Her parents divorced when she was 2, partly due to her mom’s drug addiction. She says her dad was “overbearing,” so she ended up rebelling. She started using drugs at 13, got pregnant at 15, and pregnant again at 18.
Katelin’s father ended up adopting her children — both boys — because she was still addicted to drugs. She ended up going to jail on a possession charge.
A prison chaplain told Katelin about Kokomo Rescue Mission, and upon her release, that’s where she headed. Her life has completely turned around since.
“The vibe around here is very uplifting,” Katelin says. “They’ve given me a lot of support. They helped me get food stamps, make doctor’s appointments and get insurance.
“Basically, they helped me get my life in order so it’s more bearable.”
Katelin had struggled with self-esteem issues through her teens, while wrestling with her addictions. But no more.
“I’ve pretty much worked through my insecurities,” she says. “I’m very secure in who I am now, and I don’t feel the need to turn to drugs at all.”
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