Gwendolyn started using drugs as a teenager with low self-esteem.
“I didn’t like feeling how I felt,” she says. “But when I caught a buzz, I always felt better.”
Gwendolyn spent much of the next two decades battling addictions, mostly to methamphetamines. She ended up doing some time in jail on a drug charge in 2020, and when she got out, she started using again.
“I got tired of the same things happening in my life,” she says. “Nothing was changing, and I got tired of depending on a drug to make me feel better about myself.”
Gwendolyn went to the Kokomo Rescue Mission, hoping to find help. And she did.
“They’ve been so supportive of me,” says Gwendolyn, who is in our Watered Garden women’s shelter. “There’s always someone I can talk to. If I’m worried about anything, this community is awesome. And the Bible studies have helped me with my faith. “My self-esteem has gotten a lot better, too. I’m building more confidence. I’m able to look people in the eye now when I talk to them.”
Gwendolyn says that without the Mission, “I’d probably be in jail … or getting high and on my way to jail.” Instead, “I’m thankful to be alive, to be clean, and that I’m getting to know God better.”
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