One of Many Lives Changed
We first introduced you to Leslie in a March blog post. Her story was a familiar one — a past filled with pain, addiction, and disappointments, but Leslie was overcoming the battles in her past and looking forward to a bright future.
Leslie couldn’t wait to get into her own place after graduating from Serenity.
“I haven’t felt this free in I don’t know how many years,” she told us. “I feel like a new person. I have a life again.”
Sadly, Leslie unexpectedly died the week after she moved into her own apartment. But rather than mourning her passing, Leslie’s sister remembers the joy Leslie expressed during her time at KARM.
“The last two years were the happiest I’d seen her in a long time. It was like she was a different person. I know she is in heaven with the Lord today.”
After years of drug and alcohol abuse, Leslie said she couldn’t wait to experience the freedom that comes from being sober.
Now, she’s experiencing “true freedom” — in the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Serenity’s Legacy Continues
Leslie was just one of many women whose life was changed by KARM’s Serenity Shelter for Women. In the past few days, Serenity reopened its doors after a $1.6 million renovation. The needed updates will allow KARM to continue to offer the excellent care and services it provides to its Serenity guests.
Serving up to 33 women (and children), Serenity offers a free 18-month residential program for those seeking rescue, recovery and freedom from addiction, domestic violence and homelessness. Inside its doors, women can safely confront the root causes of their situation in a loving, healing, Christian environment—hopefully empowering them to succeed in everyday life for the rest of their lives.
A local news station covered the reopening: