Transformed Out of the Cycle

These are Cristen's children.

Growing up in a small town, addiction was common among Cristen’s community as a child. Her parents and surrounding family members struggled with drugs and alcohol, it wasn’t long until Cristen continued down a similar path. For years, she knew nothing other than the cycle of abuse and addiction.

As addiction progressed and she struggled with opioids, Cristen felt helpless with no way out of the lifestyle she found herself in. Things only began to change after she witnessed several of her own family members be transformed out of the cycle of addiction. “I knew them. I’ve seen them as addicts and after coming to Open Door Mission they were completely changed.” While her family members found new life at Open Door Mission, Cristen’s heart was stirred, and her eyes were opened to the way out she had been looking for.

“Seeing that change in my family members is what brought me to Open Door Mission because I wanted that in my life.”

Since arriving, Cristen has found sobriety, stability, and peace through the New Life Recovery Program and officially graduated the program in April 2022!  Throughout her growth, she has learned to forgive, to set boundaries, and to live a life free from addiction. She plans to make amends with her loved ones, and create a better life for her and her children by continuing her education.

She has located safe, stable housing and full time employment. Thank you for investing in Cristen and others like her.

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” – John 7:37b-38


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