You Have A Choice To Give Up Or To Keep Pushing

In 2015, I began a job as a teacher. My husband is a teacher as well, and we have a little girl who is 4. Her name is Harper. While I was a teacher, I was in a very low place and began a relationship with a student. Over the last year and a half we have been involved in a lot of legal things that I never could have imagined. But, the most important part of my story is that God got us through it... as a family.

My daughter gets scared sometimes and so one of my favorite things to say to her is "Be brave, sweet girl" while being full of fear myself, trying to shield her from my greatest mistakes. But, with God there is redemption.

One day, I was driving down the road and started crying. Our daughter heard me and I heard her sweet voice say, "Be brave, mommy." Today I stumbled upon your website and the key that most fits my life is "brave." Because sometimes you have a choice to give up or to keep pushing and for her and because I know who my strength comes from, "brave" is my choice.

Homelessness is rampant across the country; it's awful in Knoxville and everyone deserves a second chance. I am looking for ways to somehow be a beacon of hope to the people that are viewed as the outcasts. Thank you for giving back. Thank you for loving on people who tend to be forgotten.

-Serena

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