From Ruin to Restoration

I was raised in a good home with a good family. We weren’t rich, but I never went without either. I did well in school, and from an early age developed hopes and dreams for my future. However, as I entered high school I started giving in to peer pressure and partying. Occasional partying developed into a lifestyle, and as a result, I almost flunked my senior year from skipping class so much. After numerous failed attempts at college, countless run-ins with the law, and several near death experiences, God saw fit to meet me right where I was-- broken and in need

             John Norwood           

I first heard about Homes of Hope while I was a client at Miracle Hill’s Overcomer program, a 7-month inpatient drug and alcohol addiction program. I was only 2 weeks away from graduating when I realized I needed something more. I wasn’t ready. After applying to Homes of Hope on such short notice, they saw fit to accept my application, which was a miracle in itself. IT didn't take me long to realize I was just where God wanted me. Homes of Hope gave me the opportunity to take a year to work on myself, be mentored, learn job skills, and most importantly take my relationship with God to another level.

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The training program was so helpful because I learned numerous job skills including carpentry, electrical, flooring, and many more. I received a Quick Job certificate in Basic Residential Construction through Greenville Tech, along with a NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) core certificate, and WorkKeys credentials. Every month the staff did an individual evaluation to let me know which areas I was doing well in, and which areas needed improvement. This was extremely helpful, as I needed guidance to improve my marketability in the work force.

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Once my graduation date approached, the Men’s Development director asked if I knew which direction I wanted to go for employment. I chose electrical, and before it was time for me to get a job, he had already lined me up an interview with an electrical contractor. 2 months before graduation, I got hired at a respectable wage and was able to stay at Homes of Hope rent free while saving my income for my transition. Everything continued to fall into place. I was able to save enough money to buy a truck, find a place to live, and build my savings.

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Since I graduated from the Men’s Development program in March of 2016 I have remained with Walker & Whiteside. I am in school now to become a NCCER certified electrician. God has continued to mend the relationships that I ruined in the past. I have been able to pay off all of my legal fees. My probation agent let me off probation 3 years early. I am a registered voter for the first time in a decade, and I am currently in the process of applying to have my criminal background expunged.

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I am also a member of Homes of Hope’s Solid Rock Club, where I am excited to be able to give back. I want to be able to help all those who benefit from the organization, especially the interns in the Men’s Development Program because I was there myself. Today, I stand as a person who has truly been restored and am looking forward to whatever God has in store for my life.   

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