I am a recent board member for Rebekah's House. I have no real skills to bring to the board except my time. I help wherever there is a need. I have done thursday night "woman to woman" and have painted and even made curtains. These are practical things and help make the house more of a "home" for the women who come to live there. Shari is a driven person, who feels that her sobriety was a gift from God and that she has to give back to the women who need her help. Because she has been in their shoes, I feel she is the best person to now be able to testify to them what life can be like, "on the other side." The constant struggle to try and pay the mortgage and supply the basic needs for the women, is an on-going issue for the house. Some of the women need counselling and many have been victims of one kind of abuse or another. To have the money to give them the help they need, is something Shari is working towards and with the Lord's help she will get there.
I taught a class to the residents of Rebekah's House on money management. Two weeks before the class the residents were asked to keep a log of their daily expenses. The evening of the class we reviewed the logs and developed a plan for better money management. Most of the residents that spend time at Rebekah's House have fines and court costs that need to be paid. One lady had a few thousand dollars in costs. She was overwhelmed by the amount and had decided in her mind that she was unable to pay the amount. She just knew her Dad would pay it for her. That is counterproductive to the recovery process. We developed a plan and budget an amount weekly to cover these expenses. I am pleased to say that she paid off her fines and court costs, is no longer on probation because of that and is now living on her own and is still sober after 2 years. I think Rebekah's House is a great place for women to make that transition from first becoming sober or clean of drugs and alcohol to independence. Rebekah's House helps the women learn the skills they need to make it on their own.