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Sometimes life sends blessings disguised as setbacks. When Mary received an eviction notice, she knew that the poor choices of her past and current substance abuse problems left her with few options and places to go. Mary knew that this might be her last chance to save herself. More importantly, she needed to save Martha, her 13-year-old daughter, from the seemingly hopeless path they traveled.

Mary arrived at The Salvation Army three days sober, looking for a new start. She had resolved to make a real change, and immediately started working with a Salvation Army Care Coordinator to create a plan that would help both mother and daughter. Together they connected Mary with services all over Marion County, starting with addiction treatment and AA support.

If Mary was going to make it on her own, she would need a steady job. Her Care Coordinator helped to enroll Mary in employment training classes and ready herself for the workforce. Getting sober and gaining employment were only two parts of the equation, though. Mary had raised her daughter in an unstable and often frightening environment, and it was time for her to make things right.

Martha was withdrawn, limiting her interactions with others and doing poorly at school. Through The Salvation Army, Martha began to receive counseling and started to come out of her shell and reconnect with the world around her. Mary also saw a counselor and took parenting classes to ensure that she could give her daughter the extra support and guidance that she’d need during adolescence.

While every path has its ups and downs, after six months in the Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center, Mary and Martha were healing and ready to leave. Mary is still sober and employed and has saved enough to afford a place of her own. Martha is reengaged at school and continues to see a counselor.

The story could have had a much different ending, but with your support these two resilient women have risen above their past and are heading toward a brighter future.