Finding Hope In the Midst of Loss

Losing her two-year-old son to illness left Teresa* broken. She buried him on Valentine’s Day. The grief was overwhelming and Teresa just shut down. Her husband coped with his pain by having an affair. Her marriage fell apart.

Teresa told us that one day she came home from work “and there was a padlock on my door.” They had been evicted from their apartment and her husband had moved without her.

She was homeless.

Someone suggested she could find shelter at Raleigh Rescue Mission. She was able to stay in a motel for a few days until space opened up for her at the Mission.

“I walked in and it was like the presence of God came over me,” she said of that first night. “I knew this was where I was meant to be.”

Teresa attended chapel services, began studying the Bible and learned to express the grief she had bottled up. She found a job as a cook at The Morning Times and began saving for a place of her own. Teresa sings on the praise and worship team at her local church. She was recently awarded a car through Wheels4Hope and is so thankful. She shared that with the car, “I can get to church on time!”

This Easter, it will be one year since her worst day became her new beginning.

“God resurrected me,” she said.

*Name changed to protect privacy