“Mind, body and soul—I’m healing.”
When Liz took a terrible fall, a symptom of the Parkinson’s disease that weakened her body, her life began to unravel.
Her recovery process made it impossible for her to continue working, forcing Liz, a single mother, to rely on her preteen daughter for even the most basic care. Attempts to stay with family fell through, so Liz and her daughter ended up in a temporary shelter. “It was a very scary place,” Liz remembers.
With no one else to turn to for help, they came to Buffalo City Mission. Here, they found a 30-day emergency shelter – a quick comfort in the midst of their crisis.
Liz continued searching for permanent housing, but recalls it was a “humiliating experience” on her limited budget: “I had to go to the homeless unit… apply for food stamps… I had to prove I was homeless.”
However, an opening at Cornerstone Manor, our transitional shelter for women and children, meant Liz and her daughter found a place to call home.
“Even though it’s been one of the lowest points of my life, it’s been one of the highest points too,” Liz shares. “I am getting to know Jesus in a way that I never would have imagined.”
Through classes and counseling at Cornerstone Manor, Liz has found countless opportunities to pursue the healing she needs, learning to overcome fear, process childhood trauma and study the Bible.
And with the assistance of our staff, Liz is exploring new treatments for Parkinson’s. As she receives this and other forms of help, she eagerly helps others. She does extra chores around the Mission to bless our guests and to receive the added blessing of spending more time with staff she looks up to. One day, Liz hopes to work here! “It would be a great way to give back,” she says.
Today, with a heart of thanksgiving, Liz is grateful to those who generously support our programs, not only for changing her own life, but for helping her daughter to have a mother who’s healthy and can raise her to be healthy too. “There are tremendous opportunities here for an unconditional amount of love,” she shares.
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