Sherry came to our women and children’s shelter a shell of a woman. Abused in childhood, she had run away from home at age 14 and turned to a street life of drugs, prostitution and survival.
She was very withdrawn and distrustful at first, even unable to come out of her bedroom except for a brief meal.
But as time passed and she started to feel better and open up, she began to come outside into the salvation greenhouse to work a little bit.
We had purchased the greenhouse with a grant from the Untied Way of Southwest New Mexico earlier in the year and had planted some tomatoes, bell peppers and European cucumbers that were starting to climb the walls.
It seemed that the more she came into the greenhouse that the more she herself began to thrive with new life.
Eventually, Sherry took over the supervision of the greenhouse. She said she liked the way that the warm earth felt between her fingers as she worked the soil and the way that the sun felt upon her face.
She really liked to plant new seedlings and watch them grow. She once told me that “I feel that I am one of these seedlings sprouting from the warm, moist earth. With the care and love I am receiving I am growing stronger with each passing day.”
Today, Sherry has moved on. She was recently able to re-unite with some family and wants to enroll in a college sociology program and spend her time helping young girls like herself.
The women and children of our Sierra House Shelter have named the greenhouse the ‘Salvation Greenhouse,’ as that is what it seems to do.
It is because of the Untied Way and people like who who participate in their payroll deduction program that we are able to help give Sherry and other women like her a chance to sprout once again and blossom into new life!
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