When Rose found out she was pregnant, her grandfather kicked her out of the house. She lived in her car for nearly four months.
Once she was a volunteer EMT with an ambulance crew. She studied criminal justice to become a police officer. She never dreamed she would be the one in crisis needing help.
As her due date neared, she found work as a barista and rented a small, shabby room. In her precarious situation, Rose planned to give her baby up for adoption.
But then she held her newborn in her arms . . .
Rose looked at her new baby and knew she couldn’t part with her. Suddenly and unexpectedly she was a single mother on her own. She couldn’t go to work without a babysitter. And she couldn’t hire a babysitter on minimum wage.
As if things couldn’t get any harder, she suffered from post-partum depression. This condition debilitates more than 1 in 10 new moms. Rose’s case was so severe that social workers removed the baby from her care.
Three days later, Rose came into Raleigh Rescue Mission with empty arms and a broken heart. She enrolled in our recovery program, where medication, life skills classes and mentoring allowed her to blossom quickly. She told us:
“I’ve become a completely different person since that day I came in. I’m definitely grateful to have a roof over my head, hot food, a shower and a bed. If it wasn’t for the Mission helping me get back on my feet, I don’t know where I’d be. I don’t know where my daughter would be.
Now I smile all the time. I’m closer to God. For me, Raleigh Rescue Mission is a blessing.”
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