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Resident Stories: Letter From “a Beneficiary”

December 30, 2016

I was asked where I think I would be now if I hadn’t come to Ruth’s House. Honestly I don’t know.

I was self-supporting, raised my three children and was a contributing member of society. Then I lost everything, all I had left fit into two suitcases. But worse then losing monetary possessions was losing self-worth, self-respect and hope. It was the darkest time in my life.

I do know I would not be where I am today without Ruth’s House. The staff has been with me every step of my journey. When the rug was pulled out from under me at different times  and I thought I couldn’t go on they helped me find my strength, they gave me a candle to help light the dark…. Ruth’s House doesn’t just offer a safe place to live, they offer hope.

I am proud to say I have made it. It took just over 2 years but I am able to return to my nursing career and support myself again. But so much more than that is my renewed self-respect, appreciation of simple joys in life and loving life again. Now I will be able to give back and maybe offer hope to someone else in need. Ruth’s House will always be in my heart and I plan to volunteer there hoping to pay it forward.

In gratitude,

“A beneficiary”

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