Today's Program: My Story
Presented by Patrice Gaines. Service Leader: Greg McClure.
Patrice Gaines, social activist and student at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, will share her road to redemption and healing with us. “As a teen I struggled to believe I mattered or had any worth in this world. I sought comfort in drugs, particularly heroin, and love, which led me to one abusive relationship after another and a horrific rape and abuse. The road to recovery began after my arrest and conviction on a drug charge in Charlotte. On my path to change I was helped by strangers whose names I’ll never know. The journey has been long and especially painful because the community has not always welcomed me. But there were always those in the community who stood with open arms, hugs and an encouraging pat on the back.”
After the Service - Serendipity Potluck Lunch in Founders House: Bring a favorite dish to share, but even if you don't have one, there's always enough to go around.