I have a Bachelors of Administration degree in Accounting. I worked as a staff Accountant for a large multi – physician clinic in Mason City, for 23 years, and recently took a similar position with a non profit organization that supports disabled people with community support services, housing, and integration into the community.
I am a mother of one amazing son, who is now an adult married to a wonderful woman, and grandmother to one very busy 2-year old grandson.
I love music and have tried to use the gift that God gave me to serve His church by leading worship for more years than I care to admit. I have also always had a passion for the “underdog”, or so I referred to them. Those less fortunate, who have lost their way, particularly young women.
I grew up knowing “about” God, but as an adult, I finally wanted to know God and all he has done. I became involved in my local church using my musical gifts to lead worship. I have always had a soft spot for young women who have lost their way somehow, so also led a small group of 15-year old girls. I thought quite highly of myself for staying so grounded and well behaved all these years.
I met Nancy at a time in my life that I was stretching my comfort zone. Trying to expand my service from more than “in front of” to “among”. I served at a mission church that consisted mostly of people struggling with addictions. Any kind, from drugs and alcohol, to eating disorders, sex, and co-dependency. I really thought I had something to offer these people. Nancy shared her dream of a ministry to help women get back on their feet after incarceration or rehab. The idea caught my interest.
I felt so blessed that none of these horrible things had ever affected me or my family.
A couple of years later, Nancy approached me again. Freedom Inn His Grace was becoming a reality, and she was looking for help to get it off the ground. I agreed and led a bible study. Then, the most devastating and humbling thing happened. My dear, sweet 31-year old niece became an alcoholic, and her life spiraled to the bottom in a matter of a year. She became pregnant, had a beautiful baby girl. We tried to get her help, and she was in and out of treatment for the first nine months of the baby’s life. Eventually, the addition took her life, leaving behind a loving, yet bitter family, and a baby that needed raising.
I am no longer on the outside looking in. I am one of them. I may not have had the life of an addict, but I have had the experience of what addictions can do to families. I know that there isn’t sufficient help for those struggling. I also know that addictions can not be overcome on your own. It’s only by faith in God and HIS divine help that any human being is able to fight against the enemies hold on them.
That is why I continue to believe in Freedom Inn and its mission. It is still hard for me to understand all of the things that go on with addictions, but I do understand that people need God. People need a place to find God in their struggle. Freedom Inn offers women that place.