Nate Johnson started off with petty crimes...then he worked his way up to being a crack dealer....and ended up in prison for it. Anny Donewald thought a gig as a topless dancer would be an easy way to pay for college. She ended up in the human trafficking world. Today...she helps women out of it. Saves their lives and gives them back their dignity and hope in a life post slavery. All three of us....all three of us sure didn't set out to have life take over like it did....but it happened.
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A question that's popped up more than once is "Is this going to be an overly religious thing?" Well, personally....I don't claim a religion. I have no issues with religion and those who practice a faith. I have chosen to accept a higher power as I understand it.
I know I wouldn't even be here to do this presentation if a few miracles have happened along the way....the biggest one being my sobriety. Mine is not the job to question a definition of God...mine is just to know that there must have been more for me to do on this planet, so I try.
You'll find plenty of others there too who offer services. The Family Outreach Center will be there. So will the Red Project, Mercy Life, Wedgewood, The Suicide Prevention Coalition and HealthWest. If you need a hand, it will be there.
Come on out and hear the talk. Take away what you can and know that this is simply a way to give a little back in thanks for the second chance. We all hope you'll walk away with a feeling of hope, accomplishment and knowing that our stories can be anyone's....