Amy’s Story

“The longer I was at the Mission, the better I felt about myself.”

Amy grew up in an abusive home. Without the love all children need, she ended up hating herself. “I didn’t think anybody liked me,” she remembers. That insecurity profoundly affected her life, leading her to endure the pain of an abusive relationship for many years.

Along the way, she lost both legs to complications from diabetes. After one amputation, she developed sepsis and ended up in a coma and on a ventilator. “It almost killed me,” Amy says. “The doctors gave me a 10 percent chance of living.”

But she beat those odds and recovered. Unfortunately, the domestic violence continued, and Amy decided to leave that relationship. But she had no money and no place to go. She spun into a season of deep depression.

“I didn’t care if I lived or died,” she says. “I was a broken mess.”

That’s what led her to City Rescue Mission, where we specialize in broken messes. God does too: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

Amy says that the day she arrived, “that started a chain of events that changed my life.” Our team helped her recover physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She was connected with doctors and dentists who provided the care she needed, and we helped her get a new wheelchair covered by her insurance. Today, we’re helping Amy find affordable housing.

Through it all, our team has helped Amy heal from the deep wounds she experienced beginning in childhood. She’s regaining her confidence and finding peace. Now, Amy has new hope for the future. She feels empowered.

“The longer I was at the Mission, the better I felt about myself,” she says. “I’m so grateful for this place! I love myself more now than I ever had.”

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