My name is Nicole and I have good childhood memories full of friends and sports, with parents who worked hard. When my parents separated, they took turns caring for me, but in high school, I fell behind and it seemed impossible to catch up. I didn’t understand math and wanted to focus on art, and at 17, I gave up and dropped out. Eventually, I found a job in construction that lasted a couple of years and then began bartending which allowed me to get a car and an apartment. Though my parents were disappointed that I had left school they were happy that I was making a way for myself.
This didn’t last long as my car was stolen, the place I worked closed, and eventually I lost the apartment. Returning to my mom’s to live was a hardship on her and our relationship, and I started hanging out more and more with friends, “couch hopping.” During this time I began using drugs and losing control of my life. As things worsened, I moved to the Rescue Mission, but within 3 weeks learned I was pregnant, and not allowed to stay. I desperately needed to get myself together with a baby on the way! What relief when they told me about Mama’s House and made a call on my behalf.
Once there, I rebelled against the rules more than once and was disciplined, but they always showed me grace and helped me understand why the program is strict. I am thankful for the women, including my mentor Denise, that surrounded me and helped me grow in every way. Now I want to please God, as He was the first to show me undeserved grace.
At Mama’s House I completed Step Studies; attended Celebrate Recovery weekly; graduated the CORP program through the Indio Police Department; completed extensive Parenting, Job & Life skill curriculum; received tutoring in Math, English, & Creative Writing; further developed my artistic ability with multiple art classes; got my driver’s license; and studied the Bible, learning about God’s promises for my life. I pray a lot more now and I know He hears me.
I am amazed how far I have come from feeling ashamed, abandoned, and condemned for making wrong choices that hurt me and others. It was in step studies that I learned to make amends, then move on and find release. My Savior Jesus Christ redeemed and restored me. I love learning more about Him and what He has planned for me and my beautiful Bella Rose, who was born in January.
Today, Bella and I are in an apartment. We have a car. Though not together, her father and I have learned to co-parent. I work with a Chef on private events, meeting new people and being creative. Because of what God is doing in my life, my family is reunited. I have made so many friends at Mama’s House and will be forever grateful for this place I still call home. Come see for yourself what is so special! And thank you for your support of Mama’s House.