Tina spent the first years of her life in an abusive and dysfunctional home. When she was 9, she ran away for the first time. At 13 she met a boy who took her to the “hood,” where she began her life on the streets.
Drugs… gangs… prison… homelessness… unhealthy relationships. Those words describe what would become her harsh existence for nearly 40 years.
She had several children and was grateful they didn’t follow her destructive path. But when she was recently released after six years of incarceration, she found her youngest daughter emotionally unable to care for her baby grandson.
Tina took in the little boy, and the two slept in her car because they had nowhere else to go. Fearing for their safety, a friend who had once received shelter and care at the Rescue Mission suggested they come here too.
Now, at 50 years old, Tina is building a stable life in our Women’s Discipleship Program, thanks to your loving support. “I’m off all the drugs,” she shares, “and I’m growing closer to God.” She has also cleared her credit record and can soon apply for housing. She wants to find a place where she can make a home for her grandson, a gathering place for her children and a safe refuge for anyone with nowhere else to go.
Today, with a heart of thanksgiving, she shares these words: “I thank God for the Bay Area Rescue Mission because if it weren’t for them, I would’ve never gotten off the streets. Now I’m here… I’m fine… and I want to lead the rest of my life happy with my kids.”
Help other people like Tina …
Tina’s story of hope and healing is inspiring. Our long-term discipleship programs exist to help other people in the Bay Area find healing. Will you help provide this help to others?