The Life-Changing Work

The Life-Changing Work

This is a story from one of the incredible volunteer teachers at Mary’s Home who co-teaches the Alpha course, which explores questions about Christian faith. I had the privilege of co-leading an Alpha course for the Mary’s Home mothers. This is a Christian...
Cutting Pineapple

Cutting Pineapple

This is a story from one of the incredible volunteer teachers at Mary’s Home who co-teaches one of our life skills classes. Who knew something as simple as cutting a pineapple could be such an impactful experience! It’s my sixth week co-teaching the Mary’s Home...
Rewriting Stories Through Education

Rewriting Stories Through Education

Most of the moms at Mary’s Home never finished high school. Maybe their families didn’t value education. Maybe they got in trouble and dropped out. Or maybe they had children and had to quit school to work or care for their child. Many grew up without permanent homes...
A New Dream

A New Dream

I always dreamed of working in the medical field as a nurse. When I was in high school, I made some bad decisions. Because of a felony on my record, college after college sent me rejection letters. For many years, I’ve let my dream lie dormant. I thought it was...
Hope Grows Here

Hope Grows Here

Have you ever watched a garden come to life? Planted seeds and nurtured those seeds until they became beautiful flowers? Or food for your family? Gardening is a magical, transformative process. And while it takes time and finesse, it’s something that anyone can learn...
Courage Brought Me Here

Courage Brought Me Here

“Mom? What’s for dinner?” His childish toothless grin made my heart flutter. “I’m not sure, Sam! Let me see what we have!” He scurried away to his new room to continue playing with the brand new toys he received upon our arrival at Mary’s Home. It had been an...
Swinging into the Sunset

Swinging into the Sunset

My mother died from an overdose when I was Mia’s age – 18 months, so I have no memories of her. After being forced from foster home to foster home, I finally ran away when I was sixteen. After years of broken and violent relationships, I found myself pregnant....
A LIFE FILLED WITH HOPE AND GOODNESS

A LIFE FILLED WITH HOPE AND GOODNESS

I was almost ten when my mother told me we all have choices. It had been months of very apparent symptoms running rampant in my body. I knew I was sick but was paralyzed with being unsure of what I could do. Where does a woman go when she has no clear options for...
A BIRTHDAY PARTY

A BIRTHDAY PARTY

It’s raining outside as I scurry up the steps of the bright yellow bus. Drenched, I use my shirt to wipe the water from my brow. I hear my name growing from something faint into something loud. “Tara!” My eyes squint and look through all the eyes on the bus until I...