Success Stories 941-251-7937 We Need Your Help…We Can’t Do This Alone! WHAT HAVE OUR GRADUATES ACCOMPLISHED? We have numerous success stories at Learn to Fish! Here are a few examples of how our program can give our ladies the Hope, Healing and New Beginnings that truly change lives! Meet Jessi. There was a time where Jessi had no hope. She was just a child when circumstances within her dysfunctional home led her to go stay with her Grandmother. She loved her grandmother and felt safe with her. Unfortunately, it was not an environment any child should have been a part of. Jessi was introduced to drugs and prostitution at a very young age, by the woman she loved and trusted…her own grandmother. “I’ve been a drug addict and alcoholic for over 20 years and I was addicted to the streets as much as the drugs. My first encounter with God was when I was in jail, and if convicted, I could have done a life sentence. I prayed and asked God to show himself to me, to let me know He was real. A week later, the charges were dropped. I’ve been incarcerated most of my life and now I’m finally free, Free from the system, free from the bondage of addiction and free in Christ. I was in an abusive relationship with man that I could never get away from until he got locked up for murder. I’m reunited with my family, son and because of Learn to Fish, I had been given the proper diagnosis and the tools to be a woman of God and a productive member of society. I’ll have 18 months clean next month.” Jessi’s story has been shared with various church groups and others to educate people that this does happen, and it happens more often than people know…right in our own back yards. As a result of meeting Sabrina and her journey at Learn to Fish, Jessi is now living her dream of owning her own nail salon – Addicted to Nails. She has God in her life, has been given a sense of self-worth and is truly a changed woman and an inspiration to others. Meet Shaun. Arriving to Learn to Fish in 2013, so many wonderful things have been restored to Shaun’s life – especially being reunited with her two boys and being given the chance to be the loving mom she is today. For the last three years, Shaun has had a successful career where she is thriving, loves her life and is strong in her faith in God. Meet Aqua. Aqua came to Learn to Fish in 2012, and was ready to end a life of pain and suffering and begin anew. Aqua has worked for Learn to Fish in different capacities since her graduation from the program. She is now the Office Manager for the Recovery House and loves that she is working to help women regain their strength and hope and become the women they truly are. “Physical and mental dependency on prescription drugs lead to jail,and facing prison Learn to Fish helped through God and counseling, and coping/esteem building groups to build my self esteem & self image to become the strong independent woman I am today. Some of the things I appreciate most of LTF are the spiritual aspect, not forcing but helping to first gain knowledge of God, His love, and Power, then through wisdom to find understanding. Also LTF has become a part of me and I am a part of it. Learn to Fish, much like the story in the book of Jonah, swallowed me up out of the sea of despair and addiction which had consumed me completely and lead me ashore where I found God waiting for me and this not only saved my life but gave me a brand new life of love and joy! I now have purpose and positive direction for my life and am blessed with the task of helping other women to achieve their goals and maintain recovery through Christ.” Meet Nikki. An inspiration and mentor to many women, Nikki is blessed with a life she never could have imagined. When you hear her speak, she has a gentle and engaging voice, but you hear the voice of a very powerful and determined young lady and true survivor. “I grew up with mental illness. My mother was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and my father was manic depressive and bipolar. I found drugs at age 13. I used because it numbed my pain and for a moment every now and then I was able to escape the chaos that surrounded me. I gave away job after job, home after home. I walked the streets barefooted, hid in bushes, slept on benches and threw away every relationship I had. I was in and out of institutions, rehab and jail. I had also snapped mentally and began experiencing the hallucinations and delusions my mother did. Finally, a pivotal moment in my life occurred when I became pregnant and was picked up by Learn to Fish in 2013. I finally wanted to give myself a chance, I might have first stayed because of the baby that was growing inside me but there was a part of me too that just didn’t want the street life anymore. During recovery, I gave my daughter to a wonderful Christian family and my father passed away. But I was getting better and stronger with each passing day. I gained a career in insurance, a field I never thought I would enjoy so much, and married an amazing man who supports me every step of the way. God delivered me from mental illness, addiction, homelessness, spiritual deficiency and so much more and in replacement, gifted me with joy, love, peace and contentment. The best gift of all is my relationship with the Lord, who on a daily basis, I get to better know.” There are too many successes to feature, but this gives you a feeling for what we do. It’s our “Calling” and passion to help women find themselves, to go within, to turn to faith, hope and love to guide their path. We are blessed every day to see lives go from the depths of hopelessness to the heights of hopefulness. Like us on Facebook!