Starting Over at 49!
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For years, Eunice struggled as a single mom, but stayed close to home because she didn’t want her children to be latchkey kids. Today, she’s proud that “nobody’s on drugs and nobody’s in gangs.”
But with her children grown and on their own, Eunice was ready to build a new life.
Her first attempt to get out on her own went well. She completed her training to work as a CAN [Certified Nurse Assistant] and found a good job.
But then, her youngest daughter gave birth to a 2-pound, 1-ounce premature grandson, and Eunice rushed to her side to help with the baby. Eunice’s training helped her see her new grandson through years of medical emergencies until he was a “walking, talking, healthy three-year-old.”
With her daughter’s family back on their feet, Eunice decided it was time to leave the nest. So she took a small suitcase and two shoulder bags and got on the bus.
“I began to pray and ask God which way I should go.”
Eunice stayed with a church friend for about a month, and with another family member for a week before she felt God directing her to the Bay Area Rescue Mission.
In addition to shelter, meals and clothing, Eunice discovered that the Rescue Mission had begun a new women’s recovery program, and she was among the first to join!
“The Bay Area Rescue Mission is the cornerstone of me being able to do what I need to do to get back on my feet.”
Once she completes her program, Eunice wants to return to nursing. “I love the medical field,” she says with a smile. “And I love watching God heal people. Being part of that is amazing!”
“Now, I’m at the Bay Area Rescue Mission growing up and looking forward to becoming a full-fledged adult in Christ. I’m allowing God to work in me in the way He desires.”