Truth for Youth

Guiding Light is part of the Truth for Youth organization.

 

Stories

I learned so much from Guiding Light. I learned how to save money for things needed, not wanted. I learned how to get along with others and to not always voice my opinion, even though this was difficult for me. Last but not least, I learned how to get closer to God because I don't know where I would be if it wasn't for Him.

Marilyn



Read all of Marilyn's story in the Feb 2014 Newsletter.



We want to celebrate the milestones and successes of our wonderful residents! Each step they take towards stability and personal growth is hard-earned. Please pray over these ladies in all of their endeavors and trials.

Read stories below to gain understanding for the types of trials they have gone through and how their faith in God is helping them to push through difficulty and pursue life. These are all true stories written by residents who have participated in our program.

Amanda's Story
As I think back, my life started going downhill as early as elementary school. I was an overweight child who was bullied and made fun off, causing me to feel depressed and isolated. I was sad all of the time. I was a People Pleaser and always got good grades.

I received a scholarship for college. You would think I would be on my way to success. I started partying and drinking. This made me feel good and numbed the pain from my earlier days. I liked drinking. Unfortunately, my grades suffered so I lost my scholarship and dropped out of college. My drinking was out of control. Alcohol took over my life.

Alcohol has caused me a lot of pain disappointments. I now have 5 DUIs on my record and have been to jail. I have been to rehab centers and nothing has worked. I was court ordered to wear an ankle bracelet, take classes and get treatment. Those things forced me to live in reality.

I really believe it was God working on my behalf when I almost gave up trying to find a place to go. I prayed one night and Julianne Frankhouser called me the next day to tell me she had an opening at Guiding Light.

Since being there I have been able to attend consistent AA meetings, go to classes, start on medication to help me and do what the court has required of me. Guiding Light gave me time to get accustomed to my new life and structure. The staff has been supportive. I was determined to do what I needed to do. I really was fearful of relapsing so I was grateful for the ankle monitor.

I am now gainfully employed and am managing my life. I am starting to find myself and enjoy life more. I see the difference in my life and continue to do all that I need to do to get it back. I have thoughts of returning to college. For now I want to seek housing and maintain my job. I have also been building a healthy relationship with my family members to regain trust and support.

I am happy to be at Guiding Light. I will be the first to admit I had a problem but know there is always HOPE even when you feel like giving up. In less than six months I can see my life taking a positive turn for the good.
Sarah's Story
Hi my name is Sarah! I moved back to Lima a year ago from Alabama and its so amazing to see what God has done in the last year. I decided February 2015 that it was time to come home. I had a car there and it broke down. I had no way to get to work, which forced me to move back. When I first moved back I couldn’t find any purpose in all that was going on. I moved in with my cousin then with my niece, neither worked out. I heard about Julianne and Guiding Light. I was in crisis and called to see if I could come. I moved in soon after and my journey began.

It was so amazing how God worked once I got there. I was able to obtain benefits I qualified for and 15 job applications turned in within the first week! God gave much motivation! I had 10 interviews and got hired at Taco Bell with full time hours. I was so happy!!!!! I got hired on the spot and started a few days later. By the second week I was there I was basically full time. Within three to four months I had a car and was waiting on an apartment that Guiding Light was remodeling.

Now I’m in my apartment and absolutely love it everything was fully furnished and its so beautiful. Just seeing God’s hand in everything was so amazing he gave me so much favor in my job. God has blessed me more than words can say! Julianne offered the apartment because of my progress and ability to maintain a full time job. I also now volunteer for the program. I haven’t been so happy for so long. It is a true joy seeing God’s grace and love move in my life. I never realized how much God loved me until I saw it and felt it especially in the last year. I am BLESSED because of the road God put me on to return home. Coming to Guiding Light was definitely part of His divine plan.
Krystale's Story
Hi! My name is Krystale, and my story is some of what others go through... In 2012 I met the most amazing man, well it was at first then the relationship did a 360. By now he was beating me daily, and we had two children together. In October 2013 I started using drugs with him, and by November I had given away my children and was hooked bad.

I started doing things I’m not proud to say I have done, but at the same time what I did made me who I am today. I became pregnant again in 2014, and was very hooked on drugs. I ended up in trouble and went to jail for 45 days. When I was released , my probation officer told me I was going to a home in Lima called Guiding Light.

I’m not gonna lie, at first I was mad. I didn’t think I would make it there, but once I was there I did something I didn’t normally do—I cried. My stay there wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine, I had my ups and downs like anyone and more than once said I’d rather be in jail, but at the end of the day I was glad I wasn’t.

I noticed after some time being there I was a lot happier and can’t imagine my life not knowing some of the people I met there. They helped me through a lot of struggles, and Julianne goes above and beyond what other people would normally do. Another woman who is like a mom to me is Sherry, she was there for me anytime, day or night, and now I will have a bond with her for the rest of my life, just like all the workers have a place in my heart. Because of my time spent here I have full custody of my daughter, I am working on getting my other kids back, and I believe in God. Guiding Light is a special place, and it will change your life if you let it.