Hi, my name is Kelly and I came to Hannah House because I was totally alone in my life-homeless, hopeless, and filled with guilt and emptiness. When I was 17 my mom passed away suddenly. Coming from a single parent home, her death completely turned my world upside down. I moved in with family members, but I felt so alone, so empty, and I wanted to run as fast as I could from God. I even found myself running from my family.
After I finished high school, I worked for a while, then eventually I ended up going to college an hour away from my family. I had my life back, or so I thought, but I was still empty. I joined a group of people who said they worshiped God but the Bible was not the infallible Word of God to them, and the void I had was getting bigger, so I left to search for something to fill me.
The next place I landed was in a Christian program where I stayed for six months. This helped me see things from a different perspective, but after leaving the program I found myself drifting back into the person I was, a person with a huge void in their life, and making very bad decisions. I left searching again, but this time I ended up homeless, and all alone living in a shelter. At this place of desperation, I cried out to God and through His grace I found Hannah House.
When I initially called Hannah House they told me they had a process for new residents. I was to fill out an application and they would interview me, to see if this was the right place for me, and the process could take as long as two weeks. I walked from the shelter, to doorstep of Hannah House, hoping something good would come out of my showing up to meet them face to face. I filled out the application, talked with staff and they accepted me that day! But the surprising thing was, from the moment I arrived I felt loved, I felt accepted by people for the first time since my mom died.
The day I arrived was Wednesday and Hannah House goes to church on Wednesdays. When we arrived at ET, Pastor Don gave a message that touched the deep void in my heart. I went to the cross, accepted Jesus as my Savior. Women in the church prayed for me and God did a mighty work in me, that first night, and I have never been the same since! Hannah House is now my family. The staff show us how much Jesus loves us, and trains us how to see ourselves through His eyes.
Without this place called Hannah House I know I would not be alive. But I am, and I have a future! I have dreams of how God can use me to help others who are hurting, who are lost and are trying to fill that void in their lives. For all those who support Hannah House I want to say THANK YOU! Because of you I have been made new. Because of you I have a hope and a future! Because of you I am alive and will live to help others! Your seed into this ministry will multiply and grow through me to others! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!