Theresa’s Story

Finding Hope and Healing

Sometimes, love can cause someone to ignore their better judgment or even lose their way entirely. That’s what happened to Theresa.

Following the death of her first husband, she met someone new. The man was a former drug addict who suffered from PTSD and serious anger issues. But he had become a Christian and Theresa loved him. Faith was the most important part of her life, so, in faith, she married her second husband. They attended church together three times a week. But their happy life together wouldn’t last.

“My husband struggled to find work,” Theresa recalls. “He got more and more discouraged and started using drugs again. But I didn’t want to leave him at a time when I felt he needed me most.”

In a last-ditch effort to preserve their future together, the couple decided to move to Oklahoma City. Then the unthinkable happened. Along the way, Theresa’s husband was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.

At first, in overwhelming grief, she tried living with some of her husband’s friends. But many were drug addicts, and their lifestyle made her uncomfortable. Theresa finally turned to City Rescue Mission for help.

“When I came here, I was relieved and thanked God every day for this place,” she says.

“I was alone in the world with no family to turn to. But over the past four months the people here became my family, and I cherish them. Now I’m getting ready to move into a new apartment, and I’m taking steps on a path to get my old life back.”

The kindhearted generosity of our supporters in the community has helped Theresa find hope and healing, day by day, in our Bridge to Life programs.

“Your support saves lives here at City Rescue Mission,” says Theresa. “You saved mine.”


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