Marinda's Story of Hope

Dec 10, 2015


Marinda’s Story of Hope

“If anyone had ever told me that at the age of 54 I would be an alcoholic I would have said, “Never!” Never say never.

Up until the last four years of my life I lead a very productive, organized and controlled life.  A smile was always on my face and my shoulder always had someone crying on it.  I could fix anyone’s life – but my own.  I was shattered inside.

When I walked through the doors of Our Hope on September 17, 2014 the miracle of recovery began.  I arrived with a broken heart; weak of spirit and absolutely hopeless.  I could not describe the hurt in my heart as it was life-long and multi-faceted.  I carried anvils of shame, guilt, self-loathing, lack of trust, and fear of more betrayal. I was so far down the road that there was no road left.

The ENTIRE staff at Our Hope received me with love, respect and ears that heard and believed me and hearts that hurt for and with me. Many had walked the same road I had.  I found out my story was not an isolated incident.  At Our Hope I not only got the treatment and life skills I needed, I also found a home that I can always come back to and share my new successes, my sorrows and my joys.  Our Hope has become my new family.  I have a long way to go, but I am alive and the hole in my soul is getting smaller each day.  I have said before and will say it again, recovery is truly a gift and a miracle.  My miracle began and continues with God and Our Hope.  Our Hope saved my life and has given me a life worth living.”

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