A Path to Faith and Forgiveness
Life has not been simple for Dawn. She has struggled with her mental health almost all her life, battling the difficulties of ADHD and Bipolar disorder. This inner suffering manifested itself through the disease of bulimia, something she battled for almost thirty years. As someone with a sensitive soul and a big heart, it has been easy for her to feel lost in this world.
Dawn hit her rock bottom when she lost her nephew to drugs. After experiencing a loved one die in her arms, her life quickly spiralled out of control into a dark world of addiction and depression. Every day became a struggle and she found herself suffering through multiple abusive relationships. She felt hopeless and alone, with nowhere to go and no one to turn to.
Dealing with an addiction is a constant, uphill battle. It can be a challenge for people to seek help when they’re struggling on their own. Too many people are left dealing with the consequences of substance abuse, posing an entirely new set of challenges to those already facing difficulties.
Dawn could no longer keep up with her destructive lifestyle. As her life further descended into a world of abuse and self-harm, she recognized that it was time to make a change. She knew about Regeneration through occasional visits for a hot meal, but it wasn’t until she realized she needed help that she decided to seek support from our staff.
When Dawn shared her story, Regeneration helped her to move on from the past and overcome her addiction. She learned to accept her insecurities, sending her on a new path of love and forgiveness. Today, Dawn feels a sense of community and a place of love and support, things she hasn’t felt for a long time.
“Regeneration never judged me and always made me feel worthy at times when I was so, so very lost,” says Dawn. “I never in my life felt like I belonged anywhere. But now I do.”
Not only has Dawn beat her addiction, she has found a family. Her network was minimal before she found Regeneration. Although she has a good relationship with her son, her mother and her sister, she now gets to be a part of an extensive support system. She loves her job working as a custodian at Regeneration and talking to all of the staff and guests. It will be hard for Dawn to forget her life-changing experience—a time when she found faith and a new sense of compassion for herself. She spreads her helpful nature wherever she can, giving back in any way possible.
Regeneration gave Dawn a new beginning, a new chance at a healthier, more fulfilling life. We seek to help anyone, at any time, and meet their needs in the best way possible. It is your generous gifts that play a huge role in giving people like Dawn the support they need for a brighter, more meaningful future. Thank you!