Life didn’t improve. She got together with a drug using boyfriend and had her first child. She started using drugs and after her second child, life really got difficult and her drug habit spiraled out of control. She ended up doing jail time, losing her children and living on the streets.
Word spreads fast on the streets about the Olympia Union Gospel Mission and the services they provide. Toni recalled, “I would come for meals [at the Mission] and they would have someone talk about their life situation, which I totally related to, but they handled it through God, prayer and the Bible. This was a big eye opener for me and I knew I wanted to change my life.”
“A GREAT HUGE TRANSFORMATION
HAS OCCURRED IN MY LIFE”
Changes came slowly for Toni, but she eventually was able to get into the women’s short-term shelter and from there into the recovery program at Genesis Acres. “It has been amazing. I have since graduated [recovery program] and now I am employed by the Mission to help manage the women’s short-term shelter. A great huge transformation has occurred in my life. I now have a relationship with God and I’m so thankful for the Mission staff for showing His love when I needed it the most.”