Precious is precious...so
is baby Marcello
Precious came to Oregon from Texas when she was just
four years old. Sadly, at just age nine, she was touched inappropriately
by a family member, sending her reeling into a state of confusion,
anger, and pain.
“At thirteen, I got involved in drugs and sex. I was trying
to fit in and cover my negative feelings. Things went like this
throughout high school. After graduating in 2000, I went on vacation
to celebrate, but ended up doing more drugs and partying with
men. I returned hoping to turn myself around by attending college.
I lasted two years before dropping out. I started working and
was living on my own. Then I made a huge mistake by getting involved
with a man twelve years my senior. I was only twenty at the time.
Shortly after our affair I discovered I was pregnant. Unsure
what to do, I made a decision I’ll forever regret. I had
an abortion. This led me deeper into the party and drug world
where I again tried to bury my emotional pain. Nothing seemed
to work. I got my nurses aide license, and worked a regular daytime
job, while prostituting for drug money at night.
I got involved with methamphetamine, which took me further into
a pit of despair. I became pregnant again at 24. The baby’s
dad wanted nothing to do with either of us. He was abusive and
drinking all the time. I knew I needed help, but didn’t
know where to go. I bounced from hotel to hotel, and from couch
to couch. I even lived in my car during the winter months. After
seeing my baby on the ultrasound screen I knew I had to get my
life together. I called Bethany House looking for a warm place
and found not only a warm, safe place but also a family.
I’ve grown so much. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m
letting go of my past and embracing my future. I have a precious
(yes, precious) baby boy named Marcello. I’ve been drug
and alcohol free for almost nine months. Today, my son and I
have a hope and a future. Without Bethany House, none of this
would have been possible.”
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