Inspiring stories shared at first HOPE luncheon

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Formerly homeless, Janea shared her powerful story with attendees at HOPE 4 Youth’s first Inspiring HOPE Luncheon last week.

Formerly homeless, Janea shared her powerful story with attendees at HOPE 4 Youth’s first Inspiring HOPE Luncheon last week.

At 15, Janea left home to live with her boyfriend. He was abusive and addicted to methamphetamine, but she thought she could “fix him.”

She became pregnant, and the abuse stopped. But only temporarily.

When her daughter was 6 months old, her boyfriend’s abusive streak returned, but this time she wasn’t the target. Her daughter was in intensive care for two months after a broken arm, two broken legs, 10 broken ribs and a fractured skull.

Janea found herself homeless.

“I was in a really dark place,” she said. “Every day was just a nightmare.”

Fast-forward four years: Janea’s life has turned around completely. She has two beautiful children, a steady job and is an honor roll nursing student.

She credits HOPE 4 Youth with helping her through dark days.

“I know I have these people in my life and HOPE 4 Youth every step of the way,” Janea said to an audience of about 225 people at HOPE 4 Youth’s inaugural Inspiring HOPE Luncheon May 4. “This is just the beginning for me.”

Continue reading this ABC Newspapers story.

 

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