Stories of Hope

Life is full of difficult choices. Holly was molested for the first time at the age of 7. At age 14, Holly made the tough choice of going to a group home after her adoptive father tried to molest her.

Violence, rejection and repeated sexual abuse eventually led Holly to choose alcohol to, in her words, “just to numb the pain.” “...

Second chances do not come along very often. A third or fourth is even more rare, but with Christ, there is always hope. Nicole came to Lydia House in 2012 with her children, just before Christmas. She had just been released from rehab for drug abuse. By the time the new year rolled around, she had relapsed again. Her children were taken away from her...

Jim grew up in rural Illinois and spent lots of time hunting and fishing. Even though his father was an alcoholic, he managed to run a successful business and the family was never in need. For Christmas, his family chopped down their own tree and always had lots of presents under it. Family connections were tight.

At age 19, however, Jim...

Andrea enjoys reading and studying from the
Bible—her new foundation for life.

We all build walls around our lives and Andrea had built them, too…walls that protected her as a high school drop-out, and a young unwed mother…walls that let her believe she could...

When most of us think about Thanksgiving, we think about family. For those staying at Open Door Mission for the holidays, being part of God's family gives many residents a whole new reason to be thankful. Nate is no exception.

Nate grew up in the Memphis, Tennessee area. His mother raised seven children by herself in a "house nobody...