Day 6 of 28 Days of BHA

26 years ago, Michelle was a single mother of two sons, ages 6 and 9 months and had been living in a shelter for two months. She had suffered from years of physical and mental abuse and says of her life prior to coming to BHA, “I had no self-esteem. I could not look in the mirror and love the person I saw…My emotions and world were at ground zero and I tried several times to commit suicide wondering why God still wanted me alive.”

Once she was accepted into BHA’s program, she went from being under the influence of drugs and alcohol, to a life that allowed her to see why God still wanted her alive. Her experience at BHA allowed her to feel a sense of love and acceptance for the first time in her adult life. She says “Pastor Rhoades and Pastors Nancy and Irv really helped me to heal on the inside…I stopped crying every day and began to focus on the love that God had to offer me.”

While at BHA, Michelle was able to achieve freedom from drug and alcohol abuse. She was taught how to manage her life, finances, and household, and love herself. Since leaving BHA in 1993, Michelle has a better understanding of what is like to be homeless and in need. As a result, she began opening her home to women in need. For six years, she’s fed the homeless in Dauphin County. She has since married a wonderful man of God, became an ordained Elder of her local congregation and has written 3 books. Her first book details her journey in life from the abuse she experienced through where God has brought her. In November 2017, she will complete her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Ashford University.

She has this to say to our supporters “First I want to say thank you! BHA is a much needed program for Dauphin County. Every monetary gift, act of love helps women in need. I hope to one day open a shelter for families returning to society from prison and have the ability to house, nurture, and give Christian counsel to parents & children.” Join us to continue meeting the needs of our community and take the 28th Year Challenge. Make a recurring monthly gift of $28 to help provide a family with a home and hope.

Michelle Jackson

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