Her First Thanksgiving
Last year, when Kelly was 32, she celebrated her first, real Thanksgiving. “It was amazing,” she says. “Just being around people who were loving. . . the people and the food were amazing.”
It might sound odd to have a first Thanksgiving so late in life. But Kelly didn’t have a childhood full of holiday celebrations and family traditions.
She didn’t really have a childhood at all. Kelly’s mother was a drug addict. She would bring Kelly with her to buy and sell drugs. Kelly began smoking crack cocaine herself when she was just 14 years old.Keep Reading
“My whole life, all I wanted was stability, someone to love me, someone to listen to me,” Kelly says.
Kelly and her mom never had a home. They would sleep on the streets or in abandoned houses. Her struggle with addiction only grew as she got older. Her search for stability and love led her into the arms of an abusive man.
She spiraled into a depression so bad that she attempted suicide 18 times.
She knew that if she wanted out, she needed to find help.
“I swore if I ever found help, I’d do whatever I could to become a better person.”
Friends like you helped Kelly find the help she needed at Everett Gospel Mission. Within two weeks, she began a recovery program, started counseling and received other care.
Since coming to the Mission, Kelly has completed the recovery program and moved into her own apartment. She’s now living a changed life, and it’s because friends like you helped provide meals, shelter and essential care just when she needed it.
Your gift of Thanksgiving meals today can help more men and women like her!