Using Past Struggles to Help Others

Jennifer Tidwell knows first-hand how difficult it is to recover from addiction, and she’s bound and determined to use her past struggles to help others. Jennifer came to United Ministries’ GED program from Renewal, Miracle Hill’s addiction recovery program for women. She’s worked relentlessly to change her life, working at a fast food restaurant, volunteering, and attending school at United Ministries. At United Ministries, she’s taking math in preparation for the GED and preparing for a WorkKeys Certification, which will improve her employment opportunities.

After graduating from Miracle Hill’s Renewal program, Jennifer rejoined her family and is now active in the lives of her son, daughter, and 2 year-old granddaughter. In addition, Jennifer is volunteering at a transition house, working with women and children. She says that she’s been given great tools, and now she wants to give back.

“I can only keep what I have by giving it to them,” she says, “Being able to step out and let these girls know I’ve been there, and I know what it’s like…to stand by them and walk through that storm with them: It makes a huge difference.”


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