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From Out of Control to Taking Charge: Stevie’s Story

Stevie’s childhood was far from what most children would dream of….drugs, poverty and sexual exploitation took the place of school dances and football games. She didn’t outgrow these issues as she grew into adulthood, they just followed her. Eventually Stevie found herself on the streets and for seven years called wherever she found to lay her head at night home. In 2013, she found herself incarcerated, and while she wanted to get herself clean and straight once she got out, she couldn’t do it on her own. She stayed at the Nashville Rescue Mission and completed all the programs they had to offer…but that wasn’t enough to overcome her history, she needed more support. Finally, she decided enough was enough. She entered into The Salvation Army Supportive Housing program.

Stevie has a lot to fight for. She has eight children, six of who have been adopted by loving families during Stevie’s dark period and two that live with her now. She wants to provide a better role model to all, and to provide a safer and better childhood than she herself had to those in her care. The first step was to get clean and sober. She has completed an Intensive Outpatient Program to help get her started, and is well on her way completing a goal of 90 NA meetings in 90 days. Stevie even had an un-medicated birth in September of 2017 so as not to be tempted to fall back into old habits, and will reach a year of sobriety in February of 2018. She has learned to become a self-advocate and speak up for the needs of herself and her children. She is working with a financial counselor to improve her credit, and has applied to have her record expunged in an effort to remove one more barrier to better employment and housing. Stevie is extremely motivated and driven, despite the obstacles she has faced and overcome. She has even begun to do advocacy work with Open Table Nashville to help others. Her next step will be securing a permanent home for her family, which she hopes to do within the next month or two, with the assistance of her case manager. We are proud of how far Stevie has come, and are excited to see how far her journey Behind the Shield will take her.

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