JMJ is a true blessing in my life. Before I came to JMJ I was living at the D street shelter because I had found out that I was pregnant and I wanted to get my life right. In my heart, soul, and mind, I knew it was time to make a real change in my life. That change meant for me, to stop associating with anyone that I have known that was going to bring me down and meant it was time for me to finally take responsibility for their lives, my own and begin to be the best mom I can be. In doing that, I began going to counseling weekly and through Merced County, God led me to JMJ. Mary’s Mantle has been such a God send to me and my babies. I have been able to connect to a church and really rely on God for the first time in my adult life. I have always known God but as far as having a relationship with Him, I would have never had that if I hadn’t ever followed the path that God had paved for me. I have been able to attend parent classes and church and learn more about myself. How strong God has molded me and that I can do anything as long as I trust in God and quit trying to take charge of things that I don’t have any power over. Because of my transformation I have been able to truly surrender my life to God. It hasn’t been an easy road but I do believe today because of the things that led me here, everything in life is worth working for and struggling for. God is helping me gain tools for my future as a mom and hopefully someday I will be able to reunite with my mom and dad, but I know today that if I don’t, I am the best mom that I can be for my children and for God and not for anyone else.