Sagan Mami is a place where even if you struggle with disabilities, you are welcome. I started coming to the Sagan Mami program as was very to happy to find out that they offer time to learn to do arts and crafts. Dolores has showed us how to make candles with sand as the mold. Now some of my stuff is for sale at their store! They are really helping us out
I am writing as the first person to benefit from the residential treatment at the Oasis Empowerment Center. I had struggled with drug addiction for 18 years and even with multiple times in various recovery programs, staying sober was hard because of the lack of long-term help. Thanks to the services that this center provides I have had the time and support needed to learn how to live independently and have received relevant training for jobs. In fact I am now employed by the Oasis Empowerment Center as staff and I am able to share my life experiences with women who have the same struggles as I have had. I look forward to helping more women on Guam overcome this ever increasing island problem.
I came to the Animu Project needing a way to start new life because I was tired of all the hitting and fighting at home. They took me and my daughter in and gave me lots of help. I forgot what love felt like
After facing significant trauma in my life, coming here was a life changer. The healing that has taken place in my heart is more dramatic and intense than I could have ever imagined. They work with the whole person, in a direct, loving, and relational way. The folks at this fine establishment are changing lives, and impacting the community in a way that is so much larger than their collective ability. They do more than empower, they walk with you through the darkness.
I was a heavy alcoholic and survived high-school pretty much drunk. Then I had trouble holding down a job because I would drink on the job. I ended up homeless and things started to really crash around me. I did not know if I would even live but I did not want to end my life. The Oasis took me in and I started to get my life changed. I did graduate the Oasis and then went off island. Sadly I did not keep sober when I joined family and made new friends. When I got pregnant, my mom got abusive and I came back to Guam and Oasis. Things are better now. Nothing seem easy but I love my little boy and and have a job. I found hope at Oasis.
Before I entered the Oasis, I was a drug addict who was lost and alone,” says recent Oasis graduate Julia Han. “I had a dysfunctional family, was distant from my kids due to my drug addiction, and my friends stopped coming around after I was busted by the DEA.” Julia said she knew it was the time to stop her drug habits, but having no support led her into a depression that resulted into relapse. On her way back to jail she had hit her bottom and seriously contemplated suicide. It was then that she found out about the Oasis through her counselor and probation officer. She entered the Oasis to find a way forward. “The Oasis has taught me to appreciate everything because God has created life for us,” she said. “The Oasis has opened my eyes to being a born again Christian where I realize that everything happens for a reason. The journey I went through was a struggle, but I appreciate my journey because it led me to serve the Lord.” Julia has two biological daughters, seven step-children, and two grandkids. For her the future is to continue with her recovery, work on parenting skills, and live life with God’s help. Julia graduated this month from the six-month residential program, and she is still actively involved with classes, activities, and fund-raisers at the Oasis.
I was the first client at Oasis way back in 2004. I gotta say, I did not have any place to go and I called Allison and the Oasis took me in. It was simple and basic but I got started on a new life. I got my boy back, I got a car, they gave me a job and I even went back to school to become a Social Worker. While I was at Oasis, my life was really growing.
Ive been disabled all my life but while I was at Oasis, I really stated to earn some money. The folks at Oasis helped me start a business selling periwinkles to landscapers. They helped me get a grant to get started and it was great when we got to sell the plants. I loved making money. Matt and Josie really helped me out. Thank You.
I was able to share some of my story with on the Oasis prevention outreach at various High Schools. Our rape prevention group has made a significant impact as we talked to many high school youth. One thing that seemed to happen because of me being able to share was that several teens opened up to share their stories. At JFK, the teacher gave the students the chance to write to us and we heard of several who were now drinking to deaden their pain that they experienced by being raped or molested. People need to find healing from their pain, not just a way to cope with it. At Oasis, hearts are healed and lives are being changed. Its not just about learning to get by without drugs or alcohol, it is about becoming whole.
In 2004, my life was hopeless and in crisis. I was using drugs, and was trapped in a life where i had to sell sex to survive. No longer is that the case. I am now living on my own, I have a job and whats best of all, I have a family. The Oasis is a place where I found that God does answer prayers and makes dreams come true.