Between drugs and my children, I chose my children

“I didn’t think I would ever get off drugs. But them getting taken away was a slap in the face, and I will never let this happen again. Ever.”

Reaching my breaking point

July 30 was a big day for Sheri. She and her husband were home with their two young boys—both under the age of 5—when the Cherokee County Sheriffs’ department and the Drug Enforcement Task Force kicked in the doors and raided their home. Both Sheri and her husband were taken to jail for possession with intent. Their children were picked up by the Department of Human Services.

Sheri was only in jail for six days, but every minute away from her children was excruciating. “I was freakin’ out,” Sheri recalls, “because I didn’t know where my kids were or what was going on.” After being released, Sheri saw her children, but they were soon returned to foster care while she looked for a rehab program. Sheri and her child welfare worker made several phone calls and decided that City Rescue Mission was the place to go.

Picking up the pieces

Before long, Sheri knew she was in the right place. “I started going to morning devotions every day, and it changed me,” she shares. “It spoke to me, and it woke my spirit up inside me.” During her time at the Mission, Sheri has had the opportunity to grow in her faith, conquer her addiction and build a better life for herself and her family.

The greatest challenge that Sheri has faced in this situation has been the separation from her children. ”I didn’t think I would ever get off drugs,” she explains. “But them getting taken away was a slap in the face, and I will never let this happen again. Ever.” Sheri values the comradery among the many mothers at the Mission. “All the moms support each other,” she shares. “They lift each other up. If one is in need, they all try to help meet her needs.”

Sheri is hopeful for her family. When she told her family members that they would not be allowed to spend time with her children if they were using, her mother joined the Bridge to Life program to get clean. “We are both already in Bridge 2,” Sheri says. “She’s completely changed her life too.”

By the time Sheri and her mother finish the Bridge to Life program, Sheri’s husband will be out of jail. She looks forward to reuniting with him and their children as a family. She plans to “maintain the lifestyle we are living right now. Clean and sober. Go to church every week. Go to school. Keep structure.” When reflecting on her experience at the Mission, Sheri says, “City Rescue Mission brought me to the Lord and really changed my life so that I can be a better mother to my kids and a good wife.”

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