Education Matters!

My Favorite Class

by Jennifer

We are able to take some really good classes as part of our first phase requirements to help us succeed at life after graduation. We take classes such as cognitive thinking, finance, bondage breaker, life 101, jobs for life, precepts studies, becoming a better me, computer classes at Goodwill, and the many AA meeting we go to. Although AA probably is not considered a class I love going and I learn so much! Picking a favorite class is really hard, each one has so much to offer and I love going to all of them! If I had to pick just one I think I would go with Jobs for life. Getting and having a good career that I enjoy going to, I think, is one of the main foundations to a better life. I believe in the saying that says “you’ll never work a day in your life if you love your job!”

Jessica’s Progress

“Lord God, I remember what you have done. I face the future by remembering the past. I remember I belong to you. That I’m not who I used to be. That I am your child.” -Max Lucado

“You past DOES NOT  determine the out come of your future”, has been my favorite saying over the years. It’s what has helped me get up and fight over the years. Now Max Lucado reminds me how long I’ve focused on that saying and just how far it has brought me. I know that I used to be a scared broken little girl. Addicted to anything that made me feel good, and that included men. Today I can say I am sober and relationship free for 17 months. WOW! What an accomplishment. I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am working and saving for a vehicle. I am going to college in August, pursuing my dream to be a professional. I see a therapist, mentor, financial coach, sponsor, and attend AA meetings and church weekly. My beautiful son is coming to visit me this month and we are going to the zoo and church together. I am extremely excited to wake up everyday and watch God work miracles not only in my life, but in the lives of my sisters here at Patsy’s Place.

Brandy is GRADUATING!

Brandy is graduating the Patsy’s Place program! We are ecstatic that she has chosen to stay and complete the program! We will be sad to see her go, but are also happy that she is taking the next step on her journey! Here is a little bit of her story:

Hi!  My name is Brandy and I have been at Patsy’s Place now for almost 12 months and will graduate this month.  I did almost 3 years in prison.  Prison changed my life, but so has Patsy’s Place.  I had the application for Patsy’s Place for months before I filled it out and sent it in because I didn’t know if I wanted to commit another year of my life to something after having lost so much of my life to my addiction, and then to prison.  I just wanted to get out and go back to having a normal life.  But what I didn’t realize is that it’s so hard to go back to that normal life, even with a foundation that I had received in a faith-based dorm there in prison.  I wasn’t ready to be out on my own.  Without Patsy’s Place, I would NOT be where I am today.

I have a great life now.  After going through the first 4 months of classes and really getting to learn who I was again, doing a lot of healing, and getting closer to God than I ever was before, I was able to begin to go out and look for a job.  That in itself was daunting; I hadn’t had a REAL job in 6 or 7 years.  But God is so faithful and I am now an administrative assistant, doing a job that I would have never thought possible, making a wage that only God had his hand in!  My children are back in my life, whose father wouldn’t allow any letters or phone calls the whole time I was in my addiction or in prison.  I spend every weekend with them and get to see them throughout the week.  I go to their school functions, football games, recitals, etc.  I will even be going on the family vacation to Colorado this summer!  I have a vehicle.  I already have a home to move to when I graduate.  GOD IS SO GOOD!  I believe that everything happens in our lives for a reason, and in God’s timing everything is made whole and new again.

“For in him we live and move and have our being…”  Acts 17:28a