A chrysalis is the cocoon of a butterfly. One of the definitions is- “A stage of development where something or someone is still protected.” We see our homes as a protective covering for women in great need of healing and hope. Most of the women we serve are coming out of incarceration, abuse and addiction and they need safety, structure, support and accountability. They need a second chance and a new beginning. We now have three homes housing the women on our 6 to 18 month recovery program where change is taking place, families are re-united and beautiful confident women are emerging. Transformation happens every day. Butterflies are created. Here are some of their stories:
I had wasted so many years in my addiction, a cycle of using and being used. I was completely out of control. So much needless pain I caused to myself and to the people that love me, for that I have much regret. Today I am confident, joyful and accountable, and have healthy relationships. I look forward to each day and I am so grateful. Chrysalis has given me a safe, loving environment in which to grow. My family has been so supportive and they are very happy for the changes they see in my life. I love them all so much. On September 28th, I will celebrate 3 years of sobriety. Above all, God has shown me His light and His love, and now with him I feel that the sky is the limit. I am a witness to God’s saving grace, a new creation, a masterpiece, and a butterfly. I am transformed and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thanks be to God!!
My name is Marie, although I have gone by many names, I have never known who I truly was. I am the product of abuse and my life has been filled with broken promises and tears. I have suffered every form of abuse imaginable, and I have never felt worthy of being loved by God or anyone else. Since coming to Chrysalis I have a sense of self-worth, focus and direction. Because of what I have learned in the classes and program I am developing into the woman I have always dreamed I would be. My heart’s desire is becoming a reality, I am becoming a mother my children can be proud of, a woman with self-respect. Without God and Chrysalis I would have never found the strength or courage to change my life.
I was 15 years old when I started using drugs and alcohol. My whole family was alcoholics and addicts, so all I really knew was a family in addiction. I am 44 years old and every relationship I have ever had included drugs and alcohol. All I have known is sadness, fear and hopelessness. After living on the streets and in a shelter for two years after my mother died, I finally ended up in prison. When I was released from prison I came to Chrysalis. I have learned about healthy boundaries, how to trust and to forgive myself and others. In the past I never stayed at a job more than a month, I only worked long enough to buy more drugs to get high. I never imagined that I would ever change or like myself. The greatest thing that has ever happened to me was when I accepted Christ as my personal Savior, now I realize that God has a plan for me. I have been employed for a year and I am an independent woman, no longer depending on others. I am surrounding myself with positive people in recovery, attending church, and living a life I never dreamed I could.
I grew up in a broken home where drugs and alcohol played a major role. I started experimenting when I was in 7th grade. By the time I was 18, I was addicted to meth and alcohol. I tried several times to turn my life around, but my addiction always came first. When I was introduced to heroin, I had no idea the impact it would have on every aspect of my life. Within three years I lost track of all responsibility and everything I had. It wasn’t until I came to Chrysalis that I really had an opportunity to change my life. Because of God, I’ve been free of drugs and alcohol for over two years and tobacco for one. God has blessed me by restoring relationships with my family. Today I am happy, healthy, and have many reasons to be grateful. Knowing that God has control of my life now and that He has plans for my future gives me hope that I won’t ever go back to the life I used to live.
I’ve been a believer in Jesus Christ most of my adult life, but I had never surrendered to God. It took an extreme deception and a huge mistake to wake me up to face the truth: that surrender is the only way He can use me and mold me into His vessel of honor. In 2008 I not only broke a custody order involving my 7 year old son, but I left the country with him. I was charged with parental kidnapping and went to jail. For the last 18 months, Chrysalis has provided a tremendous base of support in my journey to re-establish my relationship with God, to receive inner healing, and to work towards seeing my son again, who is now 11. It was fear and co-dependency that caused me to make some very poor choices, but today with God’s help my life is being restored. I have a job that I love, a new home, and soon I will be starting my own business. I give God all the glory and I thank Him for Chrysalis—a ministry that helps women to change their lives. Mine has certainly changed tremendously!
I was introduced to marijuana and alcohol at the age of 15. Partying on the weekends quickly turned into an intense heroin use as well as a deep addiction to meth and any other drug I could get my hands on. By the age of 18 I was using every day. I had a God size hole in my heart. After 7 years of my addiction. I was completely lost and alone. I now have two beautiful years of sobriety free from all mind altering substances and six months no nicotine. Since being at Chrysalis I have had full restoration of my relationships with my family. I know that God has a great plan for me and I will follow his path every day of my life. I am employed full time, I have a great support system, and I am a House Assistant for Chrysalis. God truly had to break me down in order to use me in His Kingdom. I am living for Jesus, growing in my relationship and learning every day. Thank you Jesus!