Stories of Change

"At Harvest Home we were hearing that we were special, that we mattered and that we had a future. We were reminded that God really does love us." - Jennifer, former Harvest Home resident

Mary

Haven of Rest Mary's StoryLife can be full of ups and downs. The unexpected can happen and in the blink of an eye your life is forever changed. Mary Watson experienced a change when she was laid off. This was not her first time; she had been there before. It’s just that this time finding a job seemed impossible. After almost two years of looking and with savings depleted, Mary found herself in the Haven of Rest Women’s Day Room.

“It was humbling to lose everything and find myself in a homeless shelter,” says Mary. “A whole new world. I was so used to my privacy. I had to become accustomed to a new routine, Bible studies, living with other women. It was an adjustment.” Mary had some job skills but lacked confidence.

After a long and unsuccessful job search, she received some basic security guard training through a government program. “For a couple of months, I patrolled dangerous construction sites from midnight to 6 a.m. for minimum wage. This was not safe, and I? decided to quit.”

“My brother asked, ‘With so many jobs for semi truck drivers, why not apply to a truck driving school?’ I took his advice and was accepted. I didn’t? know what I was getting into. I had no plans of going back to school nor did I want to. I thought I would be able to find a job. By the time I started the program, anxiety about this decision began to make me sick and depressed.” However, this decision also changed Mary’s life. “My family and Harvest Home staff had so much faith that I could make it. Because they believed in me, I began to believe in myself.”

Mary’s life is now back on track financially and spiritually. God answered her prayers and she was hired by a trucking company as a full-time truck driver. “I’m employed in a company that God chose for me.” God used Haven of Rest to make a difference in Mary’s life. Please continue to pray for Mary’s safety as she travels the country’s highways.