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Precious is 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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