You see here a group of friends, all happy and unique and talented in our own way. Our life resumes include: fashionista, church leader, nanny, college degrees, operations manager, life coach, nursing assistant, and store manager. We are beautiful, strong, witty, outgoing, charismatic, reticent, bold, kind, loving, and compassionate. For all of our differences, we share three things in common, things that may change the way you see the women in the photograph. We live at the Western Carolina Rescue Ministry, we are homeless, and we were once broken.
There is no standardized label that can be applied, because our reasons for being here are as distinct and varied as we are: divorce, job loss, drugs, alcohol, family issues, crime, bad financial choices, dishonest landlords, and lousy choices in men.
The WCRM motto is "Rescue Recovery Restoration." I realize that not everyone views God as the cure to their brokenness or dilemma, but as a faith-based ministry they introduce us to new life in Christ. We are part of a restoration class called Abba's Love, taught by Pastor Tangela Bowman, who reminds us that God cannot be explained, only experienced. Thanks to the leadership here, we learn who we are again, as well as forgiveness and the power to transform and dream again. We are ready to walk out in confidence, recovered and growing into the life we were meant to live.
They say you can't judge a book by its cover, and even more importantly, we cannot judge each other by the clothes we wear or the transportation we use or the address we call home. In each of us lies a heart that longs for love and a mind that is gifted and adaptable. Who knows what gifts we have missed by cursory initial judgements.