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Sally De Leon

Outreach Director
New York Leadership

My name is Sally and I was born and raised in California. I have 2 children and 3 brothers. Looking back on my life, the root of rejection entered in at the age of 2 years old.  My biological Father dropped my Mom, myself and my 2 older brothers off at my grandma’s and did not come back. I was raised by my mom and step dad who I loved & adored but, I always felt like I was not good enough. I did not have a strong emotional connection with my mom and that gave me very poor self-esteem. I was shown a lot of love but never connected on a deeper level of affection that I desperately needed. Because of that disconnection I would seek the affection from men as I got older. At the age of 14 I was introduced to the Lord. The seed was planted but, was not watered. By the time I graduated high school, I had become an alcoholic and a pot smoker. I was a party girl. I did not take life seriously.

At the age of 21 I had tried methamphetamine’s the first time and I liked it. It took away the deep-rooted feelings of loneliness. I gave birth to my first child in 2001. That would also be the same year I would find out that my stepfather had cancer. My whole world was turned upside down. By the Grace of God, he would live a total of 4 years before he passed in 2005. During that time, I became his full-time caretaker. Soon after my son was born my Dad became bedridden and things at home became underlined sorrowful. Watching my stepdad slowly die took a toll on my life. I picked up meth again and found myself living a double life. I was no longer in reality and living in a nightmare. I had lost myself in a deep pit of hell. I became pregnant with my 2nd child in 2004. This was the breaking point that would shatter my whole being. Because I was in a deep pit of denial, I used drugs the whole time I was pregnant. I did not know when I was going to have the baby let alone tell anyone. I kept it a secret until the day I went into labor. After I gave birth to my daughter, CPS stepped in and immediately removed both of my children from my care. I found myself alone & homeless. In 2005, I lost custody of both of my children and my Dad passed away.

In 2010 the Lord led me to the Hoving Home in Pasadena, Ca. I did the 6-month program but left on my own understanding. I thought my life had been built back up because I had seen the light. Boy was I wrong. I once again found myself, hopeless, bitter, angry and depressed. I had become a full-blown drug addict, and my life had become completely unmanageable. On January 21st, 2015 I walked back into the doors of The Hoving Home. I felt God’s love stronger than I ever had before and knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be.  I have had total restoration with my biological father, mother, brothers and my son. I completed the program in March 2016 and graduated in April of 2017. I’m honored to say, Today, I work for the ministry. I’m the Outreach Director & I get to encourage and share my story to beautiful broken women and give them hope. Since becoming a staff member, I have had the privilege to go on our first mission’s trip to Jamaica and relocate to Garrison New York. If you would have told me 3 years ago I would be where I’m at today, I would have called you crazy! But God, He has called me out of the darkness and into his glorious light. I no longer have to rely on the things of the world. I rely on Jesus. His love and grace endures forever.  Habakkuk 1:5- “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.

Get to Know Sally

What is your favorite scripture?

Isaiah 45: 2-3

What book is on my nightstand?

Uninvited by: Lysa Terkeurst

What is one of your favorite memories at the Hoving Home?

My favorite memory is walking into the doors of the home and seeing my name on the board. I knew I was wanted and I felt God’s love.

What is your favorite food?

Fried Chicken

What makes you laugh?

I crack myself up!