I was born into a family who struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. I came to North Dakota in 2001, where my addiction began to spiral out of control. I struggled with meth addiction, but alcohol was my first love. My clean date is September 12th, 2022. I also struggle with anxiety and depression, along with P.T.S.D. all of these addictive behaviors had me in a vicious cycle of prison and homelessness, without hope, and with no end in sight.
Today, God has given me the opportunity to take all those ugly experiences from my past and use them to guide others to a better way of living. Personally, I have learned to love myself and others, God has given me the awareness of how I want to treat people and how I want people to treat me. God has shown me that it is ok to be human and make mistakes, it is what I do with those mistakes today is the difference. Instead of feeling shameful and unworthy, I can admit my wrongs and move on.
There are several things I enjoy about working at Lighthouse, as well as being a member. One of the most important things, is how the message of Jesus is presented. It is simplistic and easy to understand. On the employment side, I appreciate the support I get within the organization; knowing that I do not have to figure it out alone takes a lot of weight off my shoulders. I also enjoy the diversity within the church itself.