When I look in the Mirror: Andrea and Xyla's Update

But we all, with unveiled faces, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2nd Corinthians 3:8

Andrea is not the same young woman that walked through the doors of Acres of Hope back in March of 2016. She no longer dwells with her daughter in an Acres of Hope cottage, she now lives in her own home. I went to visit Andrea and her daughter recently. When I arrived at her front door, she stood with a great big smile and a warm welcome. I could hear her daughter giggling in the background as she peeked around the corner with a shy hello. The smell in the air of fresh homemade beef stroganoff, made with great care to sustain her little family. A fine meal after a long day at work and preschool. There was no hint of the fact that this special moment almost did not come into existence. No hint of the day she stood in the middle of the road and closed her eyes to embrace the vehicle that would strike her down in a suicide attempt. No evidence of the instability of a family or a home in her earlier years. Andrea and her daughter Xyla are thriving and filled with hope.

Andrea once desired death, but now she is helping others to find joy in life. She was once an at-risk teen and now is helping other at-risk individuals have hope. Andrea was once searching for a family, but now has created a community and family of her own. The transformation and renewal that happens at Acres of Hope is a reflection of what your love and support has done to change lives and break the cycle of homelessness. This women use to look in the mirror and see her shortcomings, loss and pain. Today she looks in the mirror and sees the evidence of hope and a renewed life.

Watch Andrea and Xyla’s story and get involved in changing the reflections of families needing to see themselves in the mirror views of hope.

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