A Christmas to Remember

by | Dec 13, 2023

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Bethany traveled a rough road to find the love she needed.

When Bethany* arrived at Montana Rescue Mission last year, she felt abandoned … first by her family, then by the foster care system that had failed her so many times during her life, and finally, by God.

“Throughout my whole life,” she recalls, “through foster care, group homes, and treatment facilities, I lost hope in God.”

A self-described tough cookie, Bethany had coped with her hopelessness and sense of being unloved by turning to drugs. When that failed her as well, she quit cold turkey and has been sober for ten years. But, since then, she has still traveled a rough road with her sobriety and other issues.

Fortunately for Bethany, that road eventually led her and her daughter to Montana Rescue Mission. “It was my last resort,” she admits.

A year later, Bethany says, “The Mission showed me that I am worth more than the drugs and depression. They lifted my spirits and helped me to change. They helped me to stay sober and stay on my feet.” Here, she tells us, she also realized that God had never abandoned her. He had always been with her, even if she had stopped looking for Him. “I’m trying to rebuild that bond with Him. I believe He knows what I can and can’t handle.”

Going through the recovery program at the Mission helped Bethany handle much more than she initially thought she could. She enjoys her job as a patient care advocate, working with those in assisted living. “I just really love taking care of people. And I plan on furthering my career in this field.” In fact, she has inspired her daughter, who hopes to be a nurse someday.

It won’t be long before Bethany and her daughter are able to strike out on their own and follow their dreams of helping others. In the meantime, she says, “I love Montana Rescue Mission. I really do. They’ve given me and my daughter a roof over our heads – but this is just a temporary home for us.”

Bethany thanks YOU for providing that shelter, as well as the resources and guidance she needed to turn to God and turn her life around. “It’s a good program. It’s a good place.”


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