Thank you for your continued support through prayer, volunteerism and financial commitments.
Filling A God Sized Hole We approach the end of our summer series of sharing with you the stories that inspire us to keep doing what we are called to do with Grace Ministry. We thank our ladies of Grace for their boldness and perseverance to walk with God in their recovery.
"I was raised in a very dysfunctional household. My dad was a chronic alcoholic and there was a lot of emotional and mental abuse. I never acknowledged the abuse because I never "wanted" for anything growing up (or so I thought). My mom showed me love to the best of her ability and my dad was always trying to buy my love. I was an "A" student and in the gifted program but there was always something different about me. I just didn't fit in. I started drinking at an early age even though I was told that if I did I would become an alcoholic like my father.
I do not blame any of my past behavior for my alcoholism and drug abuse. I have three wonderful children; one that I have contact with and two that I haven't seen in ten years. I would like to say that I’ve lived a functional life for a long time. I knew I had a problem but didn't want anyone to know. I thought that somehow my problem would get better (that was in my 20's). I am now 42 years old and seeing life in a way I’ve never seen before. I had gotten myself in situations to be abused, physically, mentally, and sexually. I’ve been dirty and panhandling on the streets for the next drink. I was hit by a car as a pedestrian and the one thought that went through my head was "I guess I'll get the good drugs now". My story goes on and on but the main point is that I did things I didn't want to do, went places I never thought I'd go, and became a monster of a person I didn't recognize in the mirror. All because I had a God sized hole that I was trying to fill. I am truly grateful that I came to Jacksonville. I was introduced to Kathleen and Jan from Grace Ministry and they have helped me and mentored me on my journey. I didn't have any means to get into the recovery house but they helped me. I have learned big lessons on God's grace through them. Today, I incorporate the principles of a 12-step recovery program into my daily life. I have a job and I am accountable. I have caring friends and a growing love for myself and others. Best of all, one day at a time, I look to fill that God sized hole with everything of God". - Anonymous
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Thank you to our faithful donors and volunteers for your time, talents and giving. Without each person who has been a part of the ministry, we could not have done all that God has called us to do. If you would like to volunteer with us, please feel free to contact us through our Facebook page at Grace Ministry of Helping Hands, www.graceministriesjax.org,
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Proverbs 4:23 "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life."
We are partnering with Awakenings House, a nonprofit organization, to ensure our ladies of Grace have access to a safe housing area as they go through recovery.
Awakenings House has been able to help uplift, inspire, and empower women since 2016. You can learn more about Awakenings House at www.awakeningshouseinc.org.
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