and her husband struggled to pay the bills, which strained their
relationship. Their marriage deteriorated and the two became physically
and verbally abusive to one another.
Distressed by the woman she
saw herself becoming, Miriam left home for a few days to let her
emotions cool down and give the couple time to think things through.
When she returned, she found her husband was gone and had given up their
apartment. Miriam was homeless.
Because she had never worked
outside the home, she had no job experience. An acquaintance took her
in, and Miriam did household chores in return for room and board. Sadly,
however, she felt threatened by another member of the family and was
forced to leave. With no other alternative, she relied on the good
graces of friends to offer their spare rooms, couches, floors or
wherever they had space for her to sleep. But as time wore on, with no
permanent solution in sight, she became increasingly depressed and
Then a car accident nearly ended her life—and
became the turning point for a new start. When she was released from the
hospital she took a long walk, thanking God for her recovery and asking
His guidance for her life. When she rounded the corner, she saw WRM.
is so much more than a shelter where you get food and a shower . . .
it’s a revival at its fullest,” says Miriam, now a guest in our Women’s
Transformation Center. She joined our New Life Recovery Program where
she is growing closer to the Lord through Bible study, devotions and
church attendance. In later phases of the curriculum she can get her GED
and take part in classes like budgeting, nutrition and vocational
training activities that empower homeless and struggling people to live
Miriam believes God led her to WRM and through the
staff’s compassion and guidance, she will find her purpose in life.
“They inspire us to do better,” she says. “They don’t push you, they
don’t nag you, they just talk with you in the sweetest way. They even
give you a cuddly blanket when you arrive, and it feels like a hug from
the Lord. They smile for us. They cry with us. They ask if we need
prayer. It’s such a safe and heartwarming place.”