As the holiday season approaches, I am often reminded of where I’ve been and how far I’ve come. In May of 1998, my mother and I boarded a Greyhound bus from Baton Rouge, LA towards Houston with no more than what we could carry. She knew that at only 24 she wanted to provide me with a better life than she had.
Upon arrival, I remember sleeping in the bus station with our belongings while my mother made countless phone calls in an effort to find us somewhere to go. Luckily she found Star of Hope, who took us in and gave us shelter the very same day.
I remember being very afraid. I had never lived with so many women and children, and I missed the family we had left behind. Thankfully we met three other women in similar situations that became our support system/extended family. I still consider these women my aunts after all these years. My mother still speaks to one of my aunts on a daily basis.
The Star of Hope gave my mother the foundation she needed to finally stand on her own. While there she found a seasonal job working for UPS and has been with the company for the past 14 years as a full time driver. My experience at Star of Hope has changed my life in such a positive way. I’m grateful for the time that I spent there, and the lessons that I learned at only eight years old. I still recall being able to go to summer camp in Huntsville with all the other Star of Hope children. Most importantly, I learned that through hard work and not being afraid to step out in faith, God can give you much more than you could have ever imagined.
I am now a 24 year old, 2006 Texas High School state Track and Field champion. I earned an athletic scholarship to Grambling State University, and in May of 2011 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Nursing Administration and working in the Sugar Land area. My mother is doing just as well. After many years of driving the “big brown” she decided to continue her education and is currently pursuing her Associates degree in Nursing at the very same school I attend.
My hope is that a mother reads this and is inspired. Know that with faith in God anything is possible, and your children look to you to set the example. God bless!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.