This has been a year of learning, eye opening, and understanding more about how good God is. I had gotten pregnant and lost my job and my apartment. I began to question myself on how these things could happen when I was getting ready to bring something so precious into the world. I had gathered it was time for a New Chapter. God had to strip everything that I thought was important for me to realize how important He is.
The nurse who was coming by my house every week gave me a flyer about New Beginnings. I remember sitting there, looking and reading the flyer about how it could help me and my baby. I called the number, talked to one of the staff, and told her everything that was going on. She told me it sounded like I would be a good fit for the program and that she would get back to me. She called back about two hours later and told me that they would like to meet me, so I came in for an interview and a tour. It was nice and clean. A couple of days later, they called and told me I was accepted into the program. I did everything I needed to do to move into New Beginnings.
It was a difference for me because I was used to my own space and my own rules. I had a rough start, but I came to realize that I was here for a reason in that there is more to life than being selfish. As I began to understand more about New Beginnings, I began to accept the changes and rules and accept the women that I came in counter with. I started to believe that I was here for a purpose.
I’m surrounded by women who care and want to see me be successful in life so I can take care of my baby. When you have that in your face, you can’t help but accept it and change for the better. I thank God for New Beginnings, and I’m so honored to be a part of this great organization. Never Expect The Unexpected on What God has for You or Can Do.
*Since writing this article, Shaneka has brought a beautiful baby girl into the world. Kiarra Monae was born on September 9 and is a happy, healthy little girl. Shaneka is extremely thankful for this blessing in her life!