SPOKANE, Wash. - Tuesday night 25 people from the inland northwest graduated from the Union Gospel Mission's Life Recovery program. It's designed to break the homelessness cycle and dependence on drugs and alcohol.
"My life was empty, and hopeless and a mess, unmanageable," Chantell White said.
She was one of the 25 who made it through the program.
"I didn't realize that people cared," White said. "I didn't realize that I was forgiven, I didn't realize that I had a hope and a future."
She began her change two years ago. Before that she was an addict, in and out of jail and had her kids taken away from her.
"I remember Chantell coming into a class not only being broken, but not believing that anything would really change," program leader Joann Zajick said.
The two years she spent working on herself would not come easy. She left the program at one point, only to come back.
"I'm serious now," Zajick said, remembering what Chantell said. "I'm ready for what it's going to take for me to really change and from that you see this beautiful woman today."
Tuesday, White marked a new point in her life, a rebirth as she calls it, not only did she celebrate graduation but something far greater.
"Today I learned that I'm getting custody back of one of the children that I lost," White said.
Her story is a testament to have a little faith can help change your life for the better.
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