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Love INC Impact Stories

Becoming Self-Sufficient

Posted by Kelly Voss on

"Paula" is a middle-aged woman who has never lived on her own, but because of Love INC's ministry and the work of other community agencies she's gaining her own independence for the first time. After being raised in an abusive home and abandoned by her parents, Paula found herself being raised by strangers. These strangers loved her, taught her to love herself and brought her to church. After her guardians died when she was a teenager, she found herself alone again and struggling with mental health issues.

Recently, she moved across the country for a romantic relationship, but now that the relationship has ended, she's decided it's time to begin taking care of herself. Though nervous, she's excited about becoming self-sufficient. Paula never imagined she had what it took to live independently, but now she's ready to try.

This month Love INC's partner church, Prince of Peace, was able to provide her with home essentials and cleaning supplies. Even though they may seem like small things, the mop and broom made her feel so excited and confident. She hugged the volunteer at Prince of Peace and said she's ready to start her new life in her first apartment! Now she knows that she can be successful in caring for herself and she has the cleaning supplies to maintain her own home. Paula expressed gratitude to Love INC for listening to her story and helping her feel ready to start her life.