I was a point where very little made sense in my life. No dreams, no goals and certainly no sense of community or family. I was lost, lonely, and giving up…. I felt like I had lived an incredibly interesting life beforehand but strayed from the path of meaning…. I was desperate….and my soul was sinking further into my own abyss of self doubt and spiritual destruction…. I mean, I was sleeping outside and didn’t even care….. Something was dreadfully wrong…. I just didn’t know how to ask for help…. Too embarrassed of what I had become….
I was given a chance and taken in by the Hatcher family. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think and even felt awkward at times. As time went on, I realized I was given far more than just a place to stay. I was given a family, support, encouragement, and love. I became a member and friend. It taught me that I needed to open myself and allow the light to enter my soul. That I could be loved and be part of a team. My loneliness was slowly replaced with value, worth, and a sense of belonging. In short, it gave me HOPE. Hope that I could live a life with meaning again, a life with less fear, less running away from myself… Which is what I knew how to do well.
Scott, Tina, Connie, Tara, and the rest of the gang…. Thank you for helping me love myself… As I had no comprehension of what that meant. My denial was tremendous… It was time… Time to change… Time to face those fears that I had ran from for so many years…. I just didn’t know how to alone… And the Hatchers filled in the blanks for me. For that, I am eternally grateful…. And much happier because of it. If this is what Hope impact represents, then they deserve all the support and recognition that can be given…
A grateful soul,