Stacey grew up in a small Alabama town and felt secure in her close-knit Christian school…until, at age 10, she came home to find a moving truck in the driveway. “That’s when everything fell apart,” she recalls. Throughout the remainder of her school years she was ridiculed for her religious beliefs and did poorly in her classes. Then she met a young man who made her happy again and the couple soon learned they were having a baby. They married, but after their son was born her husband started drinking. “He introduced me to pot and I realized that was the only way we were going to get along,” she explains. As their family grew, so did their drug use. When her husband became abusive to her and neglected their children’s needs, she and their four sons moved out and the couple divorced. But addiction had already taken control of her life.
The years that followed brought homelessness, separation from her children and another broken marriage. “A friend told me about The Foundry, and in their Recovery Program God started doing an amazing work in me,” Stacey says. But she left before she completed the program and her drug use escalated to heroin.
Finally, at the end of her rope, she took her mother’s van, drove it to the back of a parking lot and planned to end her life. “I realized I was in the parking lot of The Foundry’s Super Thrift outlet,” she says. “It was like God saying, ‘I’m taking you back to finish the work I had planned for you.’”
“God is opening doors for me through classes on healing and restoration,” Stacey says of her return to The Foundry. “He’s showing me how through Him we have power over the things that go in our lives. I came in with a hunger for a new life and God has shaken mountains for me.”
Stacey just started phase two of our Recovery Program and is confident she’ll graduate this time. “I wouldn’t be able to put a period at the end of that chapter of my life if I hadn’t come here,” she says. “Everything I am today I owe to God and The Foundry.”
Stacey received help at The Foundry. To learn more about their program, please visit their page on our resource directory.