Renewal Story: Cerra

Posted: July 6, 2021

When Cerra came to UGM-TC last December with her 4-year-old daughter, Moriah, it was “just me and her.”

Cerra left home at 17 and joined the Army National Guard. When her training was over, she had nowhere to go. Soon, she had an infant daughter to care for, with no support from the controlling and abusive father. 

Still, Cerra did all she could to make life better for herself and Moriah. She earned her nail technician license and enrolled in beauty school.

Just when things were looking up, Covid-19 hit. Cerra lost her job and was forced to leave school. Unable to afford an apartment, she stayed with friends until she heard about UGM-TC’s Family Center.

Joining the Women’s Program, Cerra tells us, was “perfect timing”. Whatever I was going through, there was a class to help me.” More than that, she says, “Being here deepened my relationship with God. I love having the freedom to talk about God and share what He’s doing in my life.”

There’s a lot to share! Cerra is almost finished with beauty school. She plans to open a business and a nonprofit to offer her services to domestic violence victims, veterans and homeless persons. 

Today, it’s no longer “just me and her.” Cerra and Moriah have many friends, all the support they need… and Jesus Christ. “God is here in this place!”

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