Cheri was addicted to drugs and living a lifestyle most would condemn. She lived life one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time...not thinking of the future. She didn't even really think she HAD much of a future...but, she had dreams.
When broken, hurt people enter Drug Rehab Centers Houston and Shelters Houston Texas, they are often just wanting the pain to stop. They cannot fathom a future...only today--make the pain stop for today! But the shelters and programs of Star of Hope not only help ease the pain by providing for spiritual, emotional and physical needs; but, we also encourage those we encounter to dream their dreams again. Addiction can cause people to stop believing in themselves, their dreams, and worst of all, God. Star of Hope helps people reconnect with their Creator and the One who promised:
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6Cheri was one of those people. Broken, hurt and lost, she came to the New Hope Drug Recovery program at Star of Hope's Transitional Living Center. Her past haunted her as she began to look for jobs--an outstanding warrant for her arrest for charges pending. What was she going to do? With the help of a volunteer lawyer, Cheri was able to maneuver the system that, so many times before had knocked her down. Standing in that courtroom, knowing she could be sent to jail, praying for God's favor...and, then to hear..."Case dismissed"--she felt she was in a dream.
I told Cheri, THAT was not the dream--but all the dreams she has, to be a good mother who provides for her children, to return to school and finish her degree, to get a full time job in banking--would soon be coming true. Cheri is grateful to that lawyer, the judge who had mercy on her, Star of Hope for their role...but, most of all--God, for not giving up on her!! Hope floats up...