IT’S GRADUATION TIME!

It is truly a blessing when we witness the transformation of a young woman under the guidance of God. We have witnessed four such transformations in recent months with the graduations of Christina, April, Amy and Heather.   Below we are sharing their “before and after” photos and their testimonials.

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AFTER

CHRISTINA:

My life took a change when I got locked up.  In County I had a choice to choose life or death and I chose life and God pointed me to RiverGate.  I applied and was accepted, which at the time I was ready for a change but was very afraid of the unknown.  When I bonded out I went straight to RiverGate.  I was a mess.  I was afraid to open up to people.  I was afraid of everything, but with time I got to open myself up to everyone and I started to love people again and I came to see how much God loves me.

Being at RiverGate has opened my eyes up to how to live life again.  I have learned how to set boundaries, how to forgive those who have hurt me.  I have learned so much about Jesus and how to put Him before everything in my life.  Quiet time with God is very important to me also.

I have gotten my drivers license and am currently working on my GED.  I really believe Ms. Sally and Ms. Glenda are angels from God placed in my life to guide and help set me on the right path.  I am very confident I will walk out what God has planned for my life.  I have the right tools now to live life.  I’m so very thankful for this program and the people God has placed in my life.

 

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APRIL:

I used to wish that I could change things that had happened in my life, but I no longer wish to change anything because if I did I wouldn’t have turned out to be the person I am today.  I would never have gotten to make the family I made at RiverGate.  I have made many accomplishments in the short time I have been here.  Before coming to RiverGate I went through RSAT, which is a residential substance abuse treatment center.  There I found out I had Hep C.  I thought my life was over.  I later found out about Christ Community where I was able to get the necessary treatments to cure the Hep C and I am proud to say that it is gone today!  That just goes to show that all things are possible with God.  I am still amazed that God loved me enough to do something like that.

I never personally knew God before coming to RiverGate but I can look back at my life and see how He was trying to get my attention, how He protected me and how He guided me to where I am today.  Also while attending RiverGate I have been going to school to get my GED.   I am proud to say I have almost completed this process.  I am so thankful I had Sally, Glenda and my family pushing me and cheering me on to do this.  And I had never had a job before.  I am proud to say I now have a job and earn an honest paycheck.  I never had a drivers license before and now I finally have one, which goes to show it’s better late than never.

Relationships that I have established with my family are better than they have ever been.  Relationships that I thought would never be fixed or mended have been restored.  It is amazing to look back at myself and see how I used to be and who I am now and knowing that it is only through Christ that I have truly changed.

 

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AMY:

When I arrived at RiverGate I was a broken shell of a person.  My thoughts and feelings towards myself, others, and God mainly focused on hatred, regret, and failures.  The twelve months I spent at RiverGate taught me how to love myself again, showed me hope for my future, as well as gave me valuable, yet priceless tools in dealing with forgiveness and gratitude.  The outlook on my life is now complete through my relationship with God and the plans and purposed He has for me.  I now have a safe home, new Christ filled friends, a wonderful job, and restored relationships.  All of these were made possible through God!  Thank you to all involved with this program.  To God be the glory forever and ever.

 

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HEATHER:

January 25, 2016 was the last day I used methamphetamine.  January 27, 2016 was the day I passed my drug screen and all drugs were out of my system!  I was a meth addict for 10 straight years, not giving a damn about who I hurt or what I did!  I was evil.  I did things to people you would never imagine, I hurt the ones I love the most, and worst of all drugs came before my kids!  I was lost, hurt, angry and thought everybody was out to get me and I didn’t trust anybody!  I became an iv user and I let the devil overtake my soul!

Today I am 1 year 10 months and 4 days sober!  Looking back I never would have thought I would be almost 2 years sober with no relapse.  The devil fought me hard and has done the most to try and knock me down and keep me, BUT GOD….YES BUT GOD IS THE REASON I AM STILL MAKING IT ONE DAY AT A TIME!  He has restored my family, given me a great job, and has shown me how much my kids love me.  Nothing beats walking through the door after a long day of work to see your little ones run up to mommy with smiles on their faces and just light up my world because I’m home!  God gave me that, God saved me, God gave me another chance to be great mother, daughter, and sister again.  God helped me to give my daddy his dying wish and my kids a better life.  God saved me from the hell I lived.  And I have to give a big huge thank you for God giving my mom the strength to take care of my kids for the year I was in rehab. I could not have done it without her on my side.  Today I am thankful for grace, love, life, opportunity, and 2nd chances.  Today I am a new creation!    Jeremiah 29:11 …….God knew the plans he had for me even when I didn’t know myself!