Renewal Story: Grace

Posted: June 17, 2019

After completing 30 days in a rehab facility, Grace was given the opportunity to continue her recovery at UGM-TC. She didn’t hesitate to accept it and says it was the best decision she’d made in a long time. 

“I felt like it was time for me to work on some things,” Grace says. “My spirit just said, ‘This is a way for you to become self-sufficient and confident about living a life of sobriety.’ Everything I do here is pretty much geared towards the issues that I deal with. I’m grateful to my case manager putting me in the classes that she felt I needed.”

The mother of a 13-year old boy, Grace had struggled with alcoholism for years. She had been in rehab before, but never stayed in a shelter. “I was pleasantly surprised,” Grace says. “I had no idea it had anything to do with education and becoming self-sufficient. There are so many resources here for you to get a fresh start. It’s all about healing.”

A big part of Grace’s healing was finding her way back to the Lord. “I love that the Women’s Program is faith-based. It’s like I’m a little girl again, learning about Jesus. I’ve just beautifully gotten back into talking with Jesus.”

Grace has also kept her family ties strong throughout her stay. “It’s hard being away from my child,” she tells us, “but they’ve seen the changes in me since I’ve been here.” 

Looking ahead, Grace would like to study journalism at Tarrant County College. “UGM-TC has helped me want to do whatever comes my way through God’s will,” she says. “The sky’s the limit!”

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