Charlene and Greg have known the lowest of lows. A year ago, they had lost custody of their children and were homeless. And they’re frank about the reason—drug addiction.

Today they are in a home, Greg has a fulltime job and Charlene stays home to take care of the four children. MLM played a big role in their miracle but so, too, did Greg, Charlene and their willpower.

“We’re clean and off drugs,” Charlene says with pride. “It’s been a long, hard road, but it was 

worth it.”

“Hard” may not be strong enough. They lost custody of their children three years ago and found themselves in a series of homeless shelters. Things began to change last fall when they went to City Union Mission, which helped them get free of addiction and put them in contact with MLM. MLM was instrumental in finding a home for the family.

“Going to City Union Mission made me clean,” Charlene said, “and I attended NA meetings. I didn’t have any desire to use any more, and I wanted to help my kids.”

Today, Greg works as a second-year apprentice for a hot tar roofing company, and Charlene “concentrates on the children,” something she obviously enjoys. They know they’ve still got work

to do, but they’re heading in the right direction.

“I know we’ve come a long way from where we were nine months ago,” Charlene concludes.

“It’s not been easy, but it’s been worth it.”


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“It’s been a long, hard road, but it was worth it.”