Grieving from the loss of her brother to addiction, Chelsea found Life House while visiting a church. It wasn't a typical place for her to be, but she was desperately searching for answers. At the age of 11, she lost her mom to a brain aneurism. Her dad turned to drugs to cope, which lead the way to her brother's addiction.
Chelsea was due to give birth in just a few months. She felt completely inadequate to raise a child. She and her boyfriend were out of work, struggling to hang on to their small rental house. Their relationship was on shaky ground as the bills piled up. Although she was facing eviction, Chelsea was grateful she was alive, clean and sober. She was determined to see this through and do what was best for the baby on the way.
Chelsea started attending weekly support groups. Life House worked with her landlord to get her caught up on rent. She met with our Program Coordinator to find work and come up with a Family Action Plan. The stress of not being able to prepare for her baby's arrival - because she didn't know if they would have a home - had been overwhelming. But her fears were put to rest.
Though the relationship with the birthfather didn't work out the way Chelsea hoped, she was able to stay in her home and gain friendships through Life House. She also found healing as she came to know God's love and His plan for her life. He alone has provided the strength to become the best mom possible. All of us at Life House rejoiced the day she brought her new baby girl home!