Ashley grew up with an absent father and a drug-addicted mother. When she hit her teens, her stepfather began sexually abusing her … continuing for three years.
It’s no wonder Ashley sought a way out. Anything to escape the horrors. Anything to make her feel better about herself. At first, it was pain pills. Later, it escalated to heroin, but after an overdose, she turned to meth instead.
“I started using drugs because I didn’t feel like I was good enough,” she says. “I wasn’t good enough for my real dad to stick around. I wasn’t good enough for my mom to stay clean. I wondered what was wrong with me.”
Drugs may have helped her cope, but they got her in trouble with the law. Last year, she spent a few months in jail on a couple of charges.
Later released on house arrest, Ashley came to the Kokomo Rescue Mission to serve the rest of her sentence … and to get her life back on track. There’s much to look forward to: She’s only 25.
She’s grateful to the Mission … and for your support.
“I’m just thankful I had somewhere to go,” Ashley says. “They gave me the tools I need to succeed.”
Now sober, living independently and employed, Ashley looks to a future filled with promise.
Thank you for helping women in need of hope!