Hi, my name is Kayla ,
I grew up in a little town called Weed, California. My family was very dysfunctional growing up. My Dad was a very abusive alcoholic and drug addict. My mother was a perfect Mom until I was about 8 years old. That when she finally left my Dad. My Mom got a new boyfriend named Jose and introduced me to OxyContin and feteryl patches to my Mother. That’s when my family and childhood started to fall apart. My mother was knodded out for the next 10 years. I had to grow up fast. I had to take care of my brother and Jose’s 3 kids because our parents would never come out of the room. I use to pound on her bedroom door just to hear her voice and if she didn’t respond most of the time was because she overdosed. I had to call 911 so many times, and there were many time I thought my Mom was dead. My Mom stopped going to me and my brother’s games, we stopped having Christmas, birthdays, she stopped buying us school clothes, food, everything went to drugs, even our furniture.
When my brother was about 13 he started using drugs and was in and out of juvenile hall. I started doing any school activity and any spots so I didn’t have to go home because I hated it there. When I was 17 I got pregnant. I was scared but excited to get out of my Mom’s house. I got my own apartment and had a beautiful daughter. I was in a very abusive relationship; one time my ribs got broken. When I took my first pain pill, I was hooked. I started meth at 19 years old and it took maybe 6 months and I lost everything fast. My daughter, my home, my car, my job and my sanity. My daughter was everything to me and when I lost her, I lost my mind. That is when I started selling drugs, stealing cars, robbing houses; I didn’t care who I hurt, I had to get high so that I couldn’t feel, this is how I numb the pain, I was in and out of jail then my probation officer put me on AOP and it literally saved my life. I completed drug court, outpatient rehab; I got my daughter back, my children family services case closed. I had my son Korey – everything was good until I got off probation then I started selling oxy’s and eventually got high. I know now the whole time I had reservations.
After the relapse my life started falling apart. My Mom got 10 years in prison, my brother got 18 years, my Dad got life. My grandma committed suicide, my step dad committed suicide, my uncle died of liver failure and my aunt barb died of a heart attack, I was lot and I felt like I had nobody. Self-pity, guilt and shame kept me in my addiction. This time I knew that if I didn’t stop using CPS would take my kids, that is how strong addiction is, I couldn’t stop. So, I decided to take my daughter to her Dad’s and Korey to his grandma’s. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done but I know it was what was best for my kids. After that I started using needles and tried heroin for the first time. The needle brought me to my rock bottom and the darkest time of my life. It sick how you can love something that has taken everybody and everything that you love away. I was so tired of life, I was mentally, emotionally and spiritually broken, tapped out.
God brought me to a recovery program March 8, 2015. They took me right in, no questions asked. This 1st time I went to recovery was a totally different experience than the 2nd. The first time I was present but didn’t hear the message and I got complacent which led me straight to a relapse. The program gave me more chances than I deserved. The second time I entered residential treatment I was pregnant. I felt ashamed, embarrassed and felt like I let everyone down. But once again the program welcomed me back; thank you for loving me and never giving up on me. It is because of the Lord and the staff is the reason I am where I am today. Since I have been sober and walking with the Lord there has been so many miracles and blessings every single day. Once I left that program Brad and I moved into our own apartment and it honestly felt too good to be true. Our new apartment was at Francis Court and the day Monique Taylor showed us our new home was one of the best days of my life because I realized how much God restored everything in my life. God restored everything that was stolen from me. Since the first day we moved in everything else just fell into place. I started getting weekend visits with my son Korey, then weekly visits and then full custody. I have a safe, stable home to bring my new born baby home to. Monique got Brad an amazing job that he loves. I have visitation with my 9-year-old daughter. Our life today is amazing.
Hi, my name is Brad,
I was born and raised in Redding, CA. When I was young I had a pretty good life. I lived with my mother, brother and sister. My Mom was a drug and alcohol counselor and we went to school. Everything was all good, until the night my Mom got a call saying my oldest brother had died in a motorcycle accident. It all started to go downhill from there. About a year later I walked into my Mom’s room to her shooting up meth. I met her friend who was a dealer and started using constantly. My first-time smoking meth I went out and robbed a house. Got 1st degree residential burglary, skipped court and went on the run.
My life went from riding bikes, quads, catching snakes and lizards to robbing people and getting high every day and night. I was now a wanted felon.
My Mom’s relapse was bad. She was so into drugs that’s all she cared about. We kids had no food, no nothing. Always druggies in our house using. S I decided to start selling to take care of my brother. My sister had a different Dad and moved into his home. I lived the life of a drug dealing, wanted felon for a little over a year until I was caught by the cops. I ended up doing 8 months in juvenile hall at 15 years old. When I got out I found out my Mom had moved to Chico with her new boyfriend who had a lot of money. They were living in a lot of hotels and using more than ever.
I decided to do my own thing and what I know best, selling drugs. Never reported to probation and was on the run again. Stayed like that for 2 years and my Probation Office seen me and locked me up. I stayed in juvenal hall until I turned 18. Got out on my birthday and off probation as well. Still in Chico I kept using, stealing cars, robbing people and fighting a lot. Eventually after a year or two I got tired of Chico and went back to Redding. No probation, no job, no home I started selling again to get by and found my Aunt and moved in with her. She was a druggie too and would leave for months at a time so I pretty much had my own house for a year or so. Eventually I was kicked out and with nowhere to go I started stealing from stores and people again to make more money. I got caught and back on probation. This cycle continued for 5-6 years or so, then I started using heroin as well. I eventually got tired of it and got treatment. In and out of treatment for a few years.
The last time I actually did the program, met my fiancé Kayla there as well. We graduated the program, got blessed by the Lord and was accepted into Faithworks, Francis Court program. I now have my family, a home to call home for me and my family. Have nice furniture, flat screen TV’s, a good job that Francis Court found for me and 2 vehicles. I dreamed of the life I live today but never thought I would live it. But because of the help from Francis Court and Monique I now live the life I once dreamed about.
I give thanks and all the glory to the Lord every day and night as well. I think that Francis Court is amazing and a blessing how they reunite families and help with housing. I will forever be grateful to them. GOD BLESS, Brad 2017
Bryndon finally has the life he has always dreamed of! Growing up around drugs was not a good example for Bryndon. He started off as a recreational user but before long he was in his full addiction.
In 2010 Bryndon got into treatment. His three children were in foster care and he knew what he had to do. In 2012 Bryndon applied at Francis Court and was accepted which meant that his children could finally come home to live with him. But he knew it wasn't going to be easy with three kids being a first time single parent, there was a lot to learn! “Francis Court offered me the tools I needed to be an effective parent to my children. The rules seemed hard but I needed the structure and the care given by the staff. If you stick it out, it’s worth it in the end”.Bryndon is one of many families that have successfully graduated from Francis Court Transitional Housing. He lived at Francis Court for 2 years. While at Francis Court, Bryndon attended parenting, life skills, budgeting and N.A. He met with his case manager weekly to set up goals by doing this Bryndon received the support that he needed to become the parent he is today. He now has a home of his own and is planning on going back to school to be a mechanic. All three of his children are happy, healthy and living in stable housing.
Rhonda & Sam
Our story with FaithWORKs began when I first heard about Francis Court Transitional housing. I was living at Visions of The Cross, a sober living program for women and children. I left VOTC to live with my husband Sam and my two children and by December of 2008 the sheriffs were at our door.
Our family was so lost. I separated from my husband Sam; our son and daughter moved back with my in-laws, I moved in with my parents, and Sam moved in with his grandmothers. The loneliness that I felt was almost too unbearable to even move on, but pain is an indicator that changes needed to be made so in January 2009 I put an application into Francis Court.
August came and Jarrett, my son and I were accepted into the program. What joy and many tears came that day; yeah a second chance for a new life. I had made up my mind; I wasn't going to allow drugs to control my life anymore! After moving into I stated Shasta College to become a nurse and turn my care-giving personality into a reality. I completed my CNA (certified nursing assistant) program with an A on January 22, 2011 certification.
Sam completed his drug and alcohol program, attended classes to receive certification as a solar installer. In March 2010 Sam and I attended Marriage Mentors, a marriage counseling program and by August Sam moved into Francis Court with Jarrett and me. ..
Our life of two years at Francis Court ended in August of 2011.
Through the support and encouragement of F/C a 40 year old drug addict was changed into the person god intended me to be. Thank you!
As of 2014 I am now a LVN and my husband is working for City of Redding.