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Heather grew up between two homes because her parents divorced when she was 5yrs old. She has four brothers and one sister. There was a lot of arguing and fighting in both households, which left her in the middle of her parents’ disputes and often feeling alone. She grew up Christian and attended services weekly with her family, but at the age of 16 started turning to alcohol and pills as a way of coping with the stress.

Her cries for help manifested through cutting, ditching school, getting high and not coming home at night. Nothing she did seemed to work or give her the feeling and attention that she so desperately needed. She met Ryan and found someone who would give her the affirmation that she was looking for.

Her breaking point came when she was a passenger in a car with her boyfriend who was driving, while they were both high. He blacked out while driving and hit a cement light post going 70 mph. Heather’s seatbelt snapped off and the airbag didn’t deploy which allowed her body to go flying through the windshield. She was left unconscious and bleeding from her head. Her boyfriend then placed the drugs and her purse in the driver’s seat, in an attempt to frame her for the accident. Fortunately, the police were able to determine from her injuries that she was not the one driving, so they arrested him.

She stopped using for a period of time after this and had her daughter at the age of 23. Sadly, this did not stop her from using and her addiction increased from heroin to Meth, after her mother took temporary custody of her daughter. The pain of being separated from her daughter caused her to go even further into addiction. Heather came to a place where she didn’t want to live anymore and tried to end her life several times.

Heather came to the Hoving Home at a point when she was at the end of her rope and had lost all hope. Heather says, since being at the home, “I have hope now, I know God has a plan for my future and he wants to use me to help others that are stuck in that life, others who are hurting.” Her future plans are to become a youth Pastor for high school aged youth. She now has restoration with her daughter and is building a relationship with her that she never had before. She now has the desire to live a victorious life in Christ!