Ivy James, Residential Manager
As March rolled in, I noticed the dogwood trees blooming all around, signaling a change of seasons. I recall this time exactly one year ago – a change of season in my life. I went from a season of working and entered a season of serving.
BREAKING CHAINS: Looking for Peace
After over a decade of drinking and using drugs, Lindsey H. was looking for a “peace in [her] life that wasn’t there.” She was tired of feeling unhappy and unfulfilled and came to the realization that her lifestyle could not continue any longer.
Ten months after deciding to make a change in her life and get sober, Lindsey is a mere two months away from graduating Gilgal.
BREAKING CHAINS: Generational Addiction
My name is Charlie C. and I am 29 years old. I was born in Orange County, CA and raised in Panama City, FL until the age of 13. I am the youngest of two children. I followed my dad’s footsteps and joined the US Marines at the age of 17. I learned about being a machinist and a welder in the service. I became certified in welding during my time in the Job Corps.
BREAKING CHAINS: Educational Disparity
Debra’s tumultuous childhood did not afford her the opportunity to attend school like other children. While she is extremely talented and hard working, her lack of a formal education has hindered her marketability in the workforce.
BREAKING CHAINS: Hopelessness
When Peggy entered Gilgal, she had little hope. A life wrought with abuse and addiction had literally brought her to the end of her rope. In her mind, life was not worth living.
BREAKING CHAINS: Unforgiveness
As a daughter of an alcoholic and victim of childhood trauma, Letitia harbored intense anger toward God and others. These strong emotions ultimately led her to a life of drugs and alcohol. Continue reading
Congratulations Terri! You Did It!
Please join us in congratulating Terri T. who graduates from Gilgal on Friday, October 13 at 11:00a.
Terri T. was born in Atlanta and struggled for over 30 years with an addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol. At one point, she had a short period of five years where she was clean and sober. Then one day after a rough time at work she decided to get a wine cooler on the way home. That choice was a gateway to a downward spiral of drinking and drugging for the next several years. She lost her job, a marriage, a healthy relationship with her children and grandchildren, her dignity and even her self-worth. bottom, she found herself literally wanting to die but instead reached out for help. Continue reading
My name is Elizabeth and this is my MY GILGAL STORY!
Feeling lost and hopeless, Elizabeth expressed that before coming to Gilgal she was “on the path to nowhere.” After losing her job, housing, and close ties with family, Elizabeth was ready to embrace change. That is when she discovered a breeding ground for restoration and renewal in a new home—Gilgal. Continue reading
My name is Tiffany S. and this is my MY GILGAL STORY!
Tiffany was sent to jail for sixty-eight days due to driving under the influence of alcohol. Following her sentence, Tiffany struggled to remain sober for a year, eventually turning back to a lifestyle of addiction to meth and alcohol. After another encounter with the law, Tiffany began seeking a life of transformation and restoration. She found refuge in Gilgal, a safe place that has helped her confront issues of the past and empowered her to discover her true identity in Christ. Continue reading
My name is Amanda B and this is MY GILGAL STORY!
Amanda grew up in church, but strayed away after an accident and the introduction to prescription pills. After seeking help in multiple rehab facilities, Amanda still felt a void; none of the programs helped her discover the root of her issues. Influenced by her faith background, she chose Gilgal – hopeful for genuine restoration and healing. Continue reading