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Stories of Hope

Sharica was being abused both physically and emotionally – a kind of hell that went on for seven long years… “The man really messed me up,” she says. “Finally I said, ‘Enough is enough,’ and I left him.”
Gabriele seemed to have it all – a successful marriage, two beautiful daughters, a lovely home, and work she enjoyed. Then she became a stay-at-home mom and her world began to crumble.
Brandon faced tragedy early on in life. He lost both of his parents at far too young an age. When his grandmother took over his care, he found he had a lot of freedom – and soon, he was beyond anyone’s reach.  For Brandon, it began as “fun.” Hanging with the “in” crowd at school. Alcohol. Drugs.
When Erin stepped through our doors, she was tired. More tired than a young woman of her age should ever be. She’d been living a rough existence for three years – or as she says, “from pillar to post, running the streets...doing it my way.”
LeKeitha was just a teenager when her mom walked out on her. Never in a million years did LeKeitha think that years later, she would do the same thing to her son. All because of her addiction to meth. “My son was six months old when I got addicted.”
Here are six stories of hope that show how lives are being changed at the Bay Area Rescue Mission.
When Jeffrey found himself homeless, he was scared. “I had no place to go,” he remembers. “And no one to help me.” Just months earlier, Jeffrey had been a homeowner...working full-time...married with a family. Then, he unexpectedly lost his job. “I know my drinking contributed to our marriage breaking up.”
Darryl’s addiction started on the streets...when he was just 16. He quickly moved from drinking to crack cocaine – and what started out as fun quickly became a trap he couldn’t escape from. “My addiction ended up being my full-time job.”
Linda has always loved helping others. That’s why she took care of her aging grandmother for years. But when her grandmother passed away, the house she was living in had to be sold and Linda was left with no place to call home.
When her living situation fell apart, Jessica moved from couch to couch, house to house, feeling very worried about her future. She was pregnant, but had nowhere she could call home.