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RestoRation MinistRies 253 e 159th stReet HaRvey iL 60426 708 333 3370 WinteR 2016 Gabrielle Henderson Shares Her Testimony Tabitha House Graduate S omewhere in my life I made a wrong turn down a dark road that led to total destruction In the midst of my madness God met me right where I was and led me to Tabitha House The time I spent there was one of the most challenging and most rewarding experiences of my life At Tabitha House I learned grace forgiveness and the true meaning of walking with God dating relationship always wanting that love and approval that I didn t feel I was getting from my mom By the time I graduated high school I had managed to fool everyone around me I had even fooled myself into believing I was happy and on the road to success I am 22 years old and I grew up in Bucyrus Ohio in a fairly happy home with my two parents and two younger siblings Everything was great until my parents got divorced when I was nine Both of my parents struggled during that time My dad turned to alcohol for a few months and my mom turned to men Gabrielle is pictured here at her Tabitha House It was through one of my graduation with her mentors Patrice Kamstra Nicole mom s boyfriends that Brassea and Kate Hayley and director Sandra Ezell I was first exposed to heroin Things between us After high school I continued to act like were rough during that time From then everything was okay I started college for on my mom and I had a rocky relationnursing I had a job making decent money ship Because our relationship was so so I was able to move out with Kory my rough I was always trying to be a perfect boyfriend of three years We were doing daughter in hopes that me being perfect really well on our own for a while until would fix things between us parties started becoming more frequent We started doing Percocet on the weekIn my efforts to be good enough I never ends which quickly turned into an everyreally got to just be a kid I was always day thing Again I thought everything was striving to be the best at everything I fine until Kory told me he had been using excelled in my academics and I put a lot heroin for six months I was in complete of time into cheerleading I had no idea shock he just wasn t the same person I who I was My identity was in my schoolwork and cheerleading I just wanted to be had known for so long the perfect daughter that my mom would After learning that he was addicted to be proud of When I wasn t getting the heroin I quickly thought of my mom I approval at home from my mom I started thought of her experience with dating looking for that approval in other relationa man who struggled with addiction I ships I was always the girl in a serious started telling myself that I could do it bet To impact lives in ways that will restore hope to people and bring lasting change to the community ter than she did I could date a man with a heroin addiction and save him whereas she couldn t In my desperation to save him I tried heroin for myself I honestly thought that if I experienced it I would be able to help him Sadly I was wrong Before I knew it I was hooked too Now we were both using everyday together Our addictions progressed very quickly Money was scarce and we were barely making ends meet It wasn t long before we lost our apartment and ended up moving in with his parents His parents let us get away with anything which only made our addictions worse One day they were finally done They told us they would not give us any more money so we came up with a plan My part in the plan was to drop Kory off at a store and wait down the street while he robbed someone The plan wasn t very well thought out The store had security cameras Just a couple hours after he stole a woman s purse the police were looking for both of us The cameras had caught a picture of my license plate in the parking lot and a photo of his face in the store We made our statements to the police and found out that the woman he robbed fell and broke her eye socket That same day Kory was arrested for felony charge of aggravated robbery and was eventually sentenced to ten years in prison It was a miracle that I wasn t charged with a felony too I didn t know it then but God had saved me during that time He had other plans for my life That was June 2014 which was when I really started to spiral out of control I was consumed by guilt about Kory sitting in jail when I knew I belonged there too And I felt even more guilt every time I thought about what had happened to that woman All the guilt just fed into my addiction but I no longer had Kory to get the drugs Continued on page 6

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3 RestoRation MinistRies RestoRation MinistRies WinteR 2016 English Class The Gallery of the Arts A Creative Safe Place for Kids to Discover Talents By Mary Crowley Director A t the Gallery of the Arts at risk kids have access to high quality visual and performing art classes There is nothing like our program in the south suburbs It only costs students 5 00 to take a six week class which makes it affordable for our families However children are never turned away regardless of their ability to pay Our teachers are talented professional artists or art teachers We all are dedicated to exposing children to the joy that comes from creating art in a safe secure and enriching environment Gallery of the Arts along with our Boxing Club on its Around Town segment While they were filming the show I could hear our phone ringing Before the show ended we had received several calls from parents interested in registering their children for art The response was overwhelming We had to add new classes and hire additional teachers to accommodate all of the new students Several parents told me they had been calling out to God for something enriching for their children to be a part of for the summer when they saw the segment on WGN One grandmother broke down in tears as she walked down the hallway looking into the classrooms She said we were an answer to her prayers Art Program Director and Pottery Instruction Mary Crowley poses with one of her students at the Student Art Show I am always so blessed to tell them that all this is possible because there are many donors that believe it is important for all children to experience the arts It just so happened that the first day of this year s Summer Session WGN s morning news was featuring the However when the United Way called to tell Ray the BMO Harris Chicago office wanted Ray to speak at their headquarters in Toronto to their C E O and executives he was surprised Ray is a United Way Ambassador His role is to speak at United Way Campaign Kick Offs at corporations law firms banks and factories to encourage employees to contribute to the United Way He does this by sharing his story of how he and his family were impacted by Restoration Ministries which is a United Way funded agency 2 What can I say you knocked it out of the park I saw tears and Darryl White told me that you made him water up That s exactly the impact I was looking for Ray is the most sought after speaker for the United Way of Metro Chicago From Nicor to BMO Harris Ray has shared his inspiring story in a very unique way that captures the audience s attention and their hearts He has helped increase funding to the United Way and he has introduced Restoration Ministries to thousands of people It was a pleasure to both meet you and listen to you this morning Thank you so much for sharing not only the vital work that Restoration Ministries does but your very personal story that can t be easy to do So Ray flew to Toronto with the United Way C E O Wendy DeBue on November 16 and returned the next day Below are the comments from a few of those who heard Ray speak If you would like Ray to speak at your business church or organization please call us at 708 333 3370 or email Ray at raycbanks restorationministries net If your employer is holding an United Way Campaign remember you can designate your donation to Restoration Ministries n Ministries The classes are offered on Mondays and Thursdays in the morning and at night Many of the Spanishspeaking adults come in with a very limited English vocabulary English class has been the tool to help tear down the communication barriers in their everyday lives imagine that you move to a new country where you do not know the language A school bus pulls up ready to take your children to school You cannot converse with the bus driver This young lady attends the English so you simply let your with her father to give him some extra English teacher Kim Zaagman instructing her children leave on help and encouragement students in our free evening English class for the bus not sure of I love teaching my stuSpanish speaking community members when they will return dents Building relaWhile at the doctor s tionships getting to know them and office you have to depend on your child to seeing their growth has changed how translate information about your health I view immigration in our country I prognosis and medication When buyam committed to helping immigrants ing a home or renting an apartment you assimilate to the United States This worry that you re being taken advantage past Thursday one of my students left of Many Hispanic adults in Harvey have our class with the tools to speak to his experienced this one time or another daughter s teacher for the first time Fortunately last February with funding ever Although his anxiety was apparfrom Flossmoor Community Church Resent his pride showed as he thanked me toration Ministries opened its doors even and smiled at the exciting morning to wider to offer free English classes to Spancome I look forward to more experiish speaking adults in the community Roberto teaches the morning English classes that ences like this as my students become are filled with moms whose children participate in fluent in English n My name is Kim Zaagman and I am one our After School Program They are working hard of the two English teachers at Restoration to learn English to help their families Words don t seem adequate but on behalf of Bill Down and BMO thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us to understand that the gifts we invest in our communities through United Way do have a profound impact not only on individual lives but the multiplier effect over families and generations H ow did our executive Ray Banks end up speaking in Toronto to the C E O and other executives at BMO Harris Financial Group That s a long way from selling drugs on the West Side of Chicago This talented student has been enrolled in the Gallery of the Arts for four years Our goal has always been to provide the children of this community with opportunities to discover their God given gifts We truly believe that The Gallery of the Arts and the Harvey Boxing Club are a shining light in the middle of Harvey We have several boxers who come to the art side and take classes and then return to boxing It s an unusual but a great fit I am honored to be a part of this program and so blessed to know all the students parents and grandparents who walk through our doors each day n Ray Banks On the Road to Toronto As United Way Ambassador By Kim Zaagman Take a second and Upon arriving at the Gallery children s eyes are filled with wonder at the opportunities and fun that awaits them as they get to choose the classes they will take Subsequently many parents and grandparents have tears in their eyes as they realize they can afford to give their children arts classes like pottery painting mosaics piano guitar and dance WinteR 2016 Jocelyn Cynthia The Internship Experience By Jocelyn Foust and Cynthia Ruiz A s seniors in the field of psychology at Trinity Christian College we have had the most fulfilling experience interning at Restoration Ministries Over the last 15 weeks we have had the fortunate opportunity to work and serve in many different programs that Restoration Ministries has to offer Each experience has been unlike another and ranged from working with kids in the after school care program to assisting in development under our supervisor Karen Vrdolyak Not only did we have this great variety in the work we were doing but as an added bonus we had the opportunity to work closely with dozens of great and passionate individuals who attend the PADS shelter the men and women of Harvey and Tabitha House and the amazing staff here at Restoration Ministries of course We have been so blessed to have this experience in a wonderful community Additionally we were welcomed with open arms and were given the proper guidance and support we needed as undergraduate students We have learned a lot about ourselves and our calling as helpers and leaders This experience has helped us to better realize exactly what we would like to do after college and gave us a glimpse into this particular field of work We know that there is still more to learn and more experience to gain however Restoration Ministries provided us with the foundation to continue on our journey towards our dreams Nothing will Here are Jocelyn Foust and Cynthia compare to the amount of joy we have We were able effectively integrate both our psycholRuiz taking a break from their busy received out of our time here We are ogy degree and Christian values in a community internship for a photo extremely grateful to Restoration Ministhat is constantly supporting those in need through tries for allowing us to learn and mature Christ s love The most rewarding experience for professionally This has been valuable experience that we will us has been simply interacting with a variety of people This never forget and for this we are thankful n includes students in the after school care program the women 3

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3 RestoRation MinistRies RestoRation MinistRies WinteR 2016 English Class The Gallery of the Arts A Creative Safe Place for Kids to Discover Talents By Mary Crowley Director A t the Gallery of the Arts at risk kids have access to high quality visual and performing art classes There is nothing like our program in the south suburbs It only costs students 5 00 to take a six week class which makes it affordable for our families However children are never turned away regardless of their ability to pay Our teachers are talented professional artists or art teachers We all are dedicated to exposing children to the joy that comes from creating art in a safe secure and enriching environment Gallery of the Arts along with our Boxing Club on its Around Town segment While they were filming the show I could hear our phone ringing Before the show ended we had received several calls from parents interested in registering their children for art The response was overwhelming We had to add new classes and hire additional teachers to accommodate all of the new students Several parents told me they had been calling out to God for something enriching for their children to be a part of for the summer when they saw the segment on WGN One grandmother broke down in tears as she walked down the hallway looking into the classrooms She said we were an answer to her prayers Art Program Director and Pottery Instruction Mary Crowley poses with one of her students at the Student Art Show I am always so blessed to tell them that all this is possible because there are many donors that believe it is important for all children to experience the arts It just so happened that the first day of this year s Summer Session WGN s morning news was featuring the However when the United Way called to tell Ray the BMO Harris Chicago office wanted Ray to speak at their headquarters in Toronto to their C E O and executives he was surprised Ray is a United Way Ambassador His role is to speak at United Way Campaign Kick Offs at corporations law firms banks and factories to encourage employees to contribute to the United Way He does this by sharing his story of how he and his family were impacted by Restoration Ministries which is a United Way funded agency 2 What can I say you knocked it out of the park I saw tears and Darryl White told me that you made him water up That s exactly the impact I was looking for Ray is the most sought after speaker for the United Way of Metro Chicago From Nicor to BMO Harris Ray has shared his inspiring story in a very unique way that captures the audience s attention and their hearts He has helped increase funding to the United Way and he has introduced Restoration Ministries to thousands of people It was a pleasure to both meet you and listen to you this morning Thank you so much for sharing not only the vital work that Restoration Ministries does but your very personal story that can t be easy to do So Ray flew to Toronto with the United Way C E O Wendy DeBue on November 16 and returned the next day Below are the comments from a few of those who heard Ray speak If you would like Ray to speak at your business church or organization please call us at 708 333 3370 or email Ray at raycbanks restorationministries net If your employer is holding an United Way Campaign remember you can designate your donation to Restoration Ministries n Ministries The classes are offered on Mondays and Thursdays in the morning and at night Many of the Spanishspeaking adults come in with a very limited English vocabulary English class has been the tool to help tear down the communication barriers in their everyday lives imagine that you move to a new country where you do not know the language A school bus pulls up ready to take your children to school You cannot converse with the bus driver This young lady attends the English so you simply let your with her father to give him some extra English teacher Kim Zaagman instructing her children leave on help and encouragement students in our free evening English class for the bus not sure of I love teaching my stuSpanish speaking community members when they will return dents Building relaWhile at the doctor s tionships getting to know them and office you have to depend on your child to seeing their growth has changed how translate information about your health I view immigration in our country I prognosis and medication When buyam committed to helping immigrants ing a home or renting an apartment you assimilate to the United States This worry that you re being taken advantage past Thursday one of my students left of Many Hispanic adults in Harvey have our class with the tools to speak to his experienced this one time or another daughter s teacher for the first time Fortunately last February with funding ever Although his anxiety was apparfrom Flossmoor Community Church Resent his pride showed as he thanked me toration Ministries opened its doors even and smiled at the exciting morning to wider to offer free English classes to Spancome I look forward to more experiish speaking adults in the community Roberto teaches the morning English classes that ences like this as my students become are filled with moms whose children participate in fluent in English n My name is Kim Zaagman and I am one our After School Program They are working hard of the two English teachers at Restoration to learn English to help their families Words don t seem adequate but on behalf of Bill Down and BMO thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us to understand that the gifts we invest in our communities through United Way do have a profound impact not only on individual lives but the multiplier effect over families and generations H ow did our executive Ray Banks end up speaking in Toronto to the C E O and other executives at BMO Harris Financial Group That s a long way from selling drugs on the West Side of Chicago This talented student has been enrolled in the Gallery of the Arts for four years Our goal has always been to provide the children of this community with opportunities to discover their God given gifts We truly believe that The Gallery of the Arts and the Harvey Boxing Club are a shining light in the middle of Harvey We have several boxers who come to the art side and take classes and then return to boxing It s an unusual but a great fit I am honored to be a part of this program and so blessed to know all the students parents and grandparents who walk through our doors each day n Ray Banks On the Road to Toronto As United Way Ambassador By Kim Zaagman Take a second and Upon arriving at the Gallery children s eyes are filled with wonder at the opportunities and fun that awaits them as they get to choose the classes they will take Subsequently many parents and grandparents have tears in their eyes as they realize they can afford to give their children arts classes like pottery painting mosaics piano guitar and dance WinteR 2016 Jocelyn Cynthia The Internship Experience By Jocelyn Foust and Cynthia Ruiz A s seniors in the field of psychology at Trinity Christian College we have had the most fulfilling experience interning at Restoration Ministries Over the last 15 weeks we have had the fortunate opportunity to work and serve in many different programs that Restoration Ministries has to offer Each experience has been unlike another and ranged from working with kids in the after school care program to assisting in development under our supervisor Karen Vrdolyak Not only did we have this great variety in the work we were doing but as an added bonus we had the opportunity to work closely with dozens of great and passionate individuals who attend the PADS shelter the men and women of Harvey and Tabitha House and the amazing staff here at Restoration Ministries of course We have been so blessed to have this experience in a wonderful community Additionally we were welcomed with open arms and were given the proper guidance and support we needed as undergraduate students We have learned a lot about ourselves and our calling as helpers and leaders This experience has helped us to better realize exactly what we would like to do after college and gave us a glimpse into this particular field of work We know that there is still more to learn and more experience to gain however Restoration Ministries provided us with the foundation to continue on our journey towards our dreams Nothing will Here are Jocelyn Foust and Cynthia compare to the amount of joy we have We were able effectively integrate both our psycholRuiz taking a break from their busy received out of our time here We are ogy degree and Christian values in a community internship for a photo extremely grateful to Restoration Ministhat is constantly supporting those in need through tries for allowing us to learn and mature Christ s love The most rewarding experience for professionally This has been valuable experience that we will us has been simply interacting with a variety of people This never forget and for this we are thankful n includes students in the after school care program the women 3

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What s Happening at Restoration Ministries Atkore Keeping Kids Warm this Winter Lisa Winter the director of communications at Atkore International along with Atkore employees delivered 80 new winter coats plus three large bags of hats scarves and gloves for children in our After School Program Atkore is one of our neighbors and has always been a great supporter of our community n Thanks to Atkore International all the kids in the Cruz family have new coats to keep them warm this winter From left are RM staff Ray Banks Tanya Blonn Pam Banks Lisa Winter Madeline Janick and Stephanie Hand from Atkore International and RM C E O Dr John Sullivan 440 Attend Fashion Show At this year s fashion show 440 guests helped raise more than 40 000 for Tabitha House Nicole McPherson the Fashion Show chairman was recognized for her outstanding dedication to Tabitha House with the Rose Award Along with planning the show Nicole has been actively involved in the program mentoring residents from many years n Chicago Marathon Runners Raise 9 000 for Restoration Ministries Sav e for t the Dat Tab he 201 e itha 7 Fas hion House Sho Mar w c h 28 20 17 We need you We need you to continue to help recovering addicts like Gabby Without you we can t help talented kids like Isabel and Maria fulfill their dreams of going to college You can make a difference to children in Harvey with your support of our art program boxing club and after school program With your donation today you are helping families and future generations Trinity Christian College Nursing Students and Social Work students worked together to hold two amazing health fairs One was for the kids in our After School program and another one for our Food Pantry clients The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center and students from the Illinois Eye Institute offered screenings and the Harvey Walgreens provided free flu shots The students held a free raffle and blessed our clients with great prizes Donors Bless Harvey Families With donations from the following friends more than 200 Harvey families were blessed with a turkey and all the groceries for a Thanksgiving meal Thank you to Brooks Middle School Students Staff Elim Christian Services First Reformed Church of South Holland Fuchs Lubricants The Harvey Fire Department The South Holland Fire Department UAW Local 551 The Harvey Fire Department donated 50 turkeys for our families Firefighter Bill Canavan is pictured with Harvey House graduates Brad Greenwood and Brian Allen The Harvey department has supported our Thanksgiving and Christmas outreach programs for more than 20 years Here s how you can help Make a gift today at www restorationministries net Mail in your contribution in the enclosed envelope Become a monthly donor and help us year round Shop at our Thrift Stores located in South Holland and Harvey Mireya Ibarra ran her second marathon for Restoration Ministries 4 Mike Serrano ran the Chicago Marathon on our team and was our top fundraiser raising 2 765 Donate to our stores and we ll pick up your donation Just call 708 876 8413 Volunteers are needed and always welcome Go to our website to learn more www restorationministries net Wayne DeGraff dropped off a truckload of Thanksgiving groceries and turkeys that members of First Reformed Church of South Holland collected during their annual food drive for Restoration Ministries Students and staff at Elim Christian Services held their annual food drive for us and with help from the students the staff delivered two carts full of groceries 5

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What s Happening at Restoration Ministries Atkore Keeping Kids Warm this Winter Lisa Winter the director of communications at Atkore International along with Atkore employees delivered 80 new winter coats plus three large bags of hats scarves and gloves for children in our After School Program Atkore is one of our neighbors and has always been a great supporter of our community n Thanks to Atkore International all the kids in the Cruz family have new coats to keep them warm this winter From left are RM staff Ray Banks Tanya Blonn Pam Banks Lisa Winter Madeline Janick and Stephanie Hand from Atkore International and RM C E O Dr John Sullivan 440 Attend Fashion Show At this year s fashion show 440 guests helped raise more than 40 000 for Tabitha House Nicole McPherson the Fashion Show chairman was recognized for her outstanding dedication to Tabitha House with the Rose Award Along with planning the show Nicole has been actively involved in the program mentoring residents from many years n Chicago Marathon Runners Raise 9 000 for Restoration Ministries Sav e for t the Dat Tab he 201 e itha 7 Fas hion House Sho Mar w c h 28 20 17 We need you We need you to continue to help recovering addicts like Gabby Without you we can t help talented kids like Isabel and Maria fulfill their dreams of going to college You can make a difference to children in Harvey with your support of our art program boxing club and after school program With your donation today you are helping families and future generations Trinity Christian College Nursing Students and Social Work students worked together to hold two amazing health fairs One was for the kids in our After School program and another one for our Food Pantry clients The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center and students from the Illinois Eye Institute offered screenings and the Harvey Walgreens provided free flu shots The students held a free raffle and blessed our clients with great prizes Donors Bless Harvey Families With donations from the following friends more than 200 Harvey families were blessed with a turkey and all the groceries for a Thanksgiving meal Thank you to Brooks Middle School Students Staff Elim Christian Services First Reformed Church of South Holland Fuchs Lubricants The Harvey Fire Department The South Holland Fire Department UAW Local 551 The Harvey Fire Department donated 50 turkeys for our families Firefighter Bill Canavan is pictured with Harvey House graduates Brad Greenwood and Brian Allen The Harvey department has supported our Thanksgiving and Christmas outreach programs for more than 20 years Here s how you can help Make a gift today at www restorationministries net Mail in your contribution in the enclosed envelope Become a monthly donor and help us year round Shop at our Thrift Stores located in South Holland and Harvey Mireya Ibarra ran her second marathon for Restoration Ministries 4 Mike Serrano ran the Chicago Marathon on our team and was our top fundraiser raising 2 765 Donate to our stores and we ll pick up your donation Just call 708 876 8413 Volunteers are needed and always welcome Go to our website to learn more www restorationministries net Wayne DeGraff dropped off a truckload of Thanksgiving groceries and turkeys that members of First Reformed Church of South Holland collected during their annual food drive for Restoration Ministries Students and staff at Elim Christian Services held their annual food drive for us and with help from the students the staff delivered two carts full of groceries 5

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RestoRation MinistRies Gabrielle Henderson Testimony Continued from page 1 Getting drugs and meeting up with drug dealers was never something I had to do so I wasn t very good at it It didn t take long for my parents to catch on and start wondering if I was doing drugs Just a month after Kory was arrested my little sister found my needles and gave them to my mom My parents gave me two options 1 Stay home and detox until they found a rehab for me or WinteR 2016 In November 2014 I agreed to go to Tabitha House I had spent just under 90 days in jail when I was released to complete a program in a state I had never been to While I was living at Tabitha House my life drastically changed The biggest and best change was God He brought me through the deep valley of addiction Everything broken in my life has been made beautiful but only because of Jesus I learned who I am in Christ and now I understand all the events in my life that God used to draw me closer to Him I forgave myself and my mom Today we have a stronger relationship than we ve ever had I learned that I don t have to seek human approval Life isn t about being good enough because in God s eyes I am perfect 2 Leave and they would call the police I wasn t ready to face my problem so I ran My parents did call the police and filed a missing persons report I was gone for almost a month During that month I went all out It wasn t just heroin anymore I was doing any drug I could find and getting drugs by any means necessary Gabby and Harvey House graduate Andrew Henderson were married on July 29 2016 I went to court on August 20 2014 which happened to by my 20th birthday I pled guilty to the drug charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail Just a few days into my sentence my mom pressed charges on me for taking her debit card This turned my 90 day sentence into 180 days From the very beginning of my sentence my parents were always pushing me to go to a long term treatment program far from home We looked into many different places but Restoration Ministries always stood out to me I was in jail with other girls who knew people that had gone through Tabitha House and Harvey House I also heard about it from the woman who taught the 12 step meetings at the jail and from a pastor who came and meet one onone with us Halfway through my sentence I made a choice I chose life I chose to get help I knew I needed to get far away from Bucyrus and the environment I was so used to 6 Everything about our wedding was perfect Both of our families were together My two younger siblings and his three older siblings stood up in our wedding My close friend Kate Hayley was my Maid of Honor and her husband Jeff was a groomsman We met Kate and Jeff at Restoration Ministries and they are graduates too All of the people from Restoration Ministries and our church Spirit of God Fellowship who had walked with us through the program were there celebrate with us Falling in love was not something I planned on doing I certainly didn t expect to meet my husband at a drug treatment program The plans God had for my life and for my husband s life were bigger than I could have ever imagined Today we are both working at Restoration Ministries He is one of the thrift store managers and I manage the eBay and Amazon departments After our wedding we moved to Tinley Park where we share a house with his sister who is a Tabitha House graduate and her husband Since graduating from Tabitha House my life has been nothing short of amazing For the first time in my life I can actually say that I am joyful and hopeful for the future God has planned for Andrew and me God knew all along that my deepest desire was to get married and have my own family So far he has given me the most loving caring and respectful husband I could have asked for And I know one day Andrew and I will have our own family A family that we can teach all the things Tabitha House and Harvey House taught us Everything broken in my life has been made beautiful because of Jesus After being in the program for eleven months I was offered a job at Restoration Ministries Thrift Store as the eBay manager This job was perfect for me because I was able to live at Tabitha House and save money for a car I graduated in December 2015 and continued living at the house and working at the Thrift Store Just a few months later I got engaged Andrew Henderson asked me to marry him and of course I said Yes We actually met at Restoration Ministries while in the program he went through Harvey House at the same time I was in Tabitha House We both continued to live in the houses until our wedding On July 29 2016 the absolute best day of my life I got to marry my best friend None of this would have ever been possible without Jesus Christ I am truly grateful that Tabitha House was there when I needed help Thank you to everyone who has ever supported Tabitha House Your support and faith in this program saved my life n RestoRation MinistRies WinteR 2016 Getting to know Isabel and Maria Both are college sophomores and have close ties with Restoration Ministries ISABEL ANGULO MArIA SIErrA C CErES Background Background I m from Harvey and I turned 20 last month I have always liked art When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I was always responded with lawyer until I realized that it was not what I wanted to do Despite the criticism about pursuing a career in art I chose to do what I love When did you start coming to Restoration Ministries After School Program A I started in Isabel and Maria worked as leaders at fourth grade our Day Camp this past summer because my mom couldn t help me with my homework anymore because she didn t know English very well How has Restoration Ministries helped you A They have helped me with my homework and gave me so many experiences Julie Martin director of Bread for the Head took over the role of my college advisor which Isabel on the right on a trip to Chicago was absent with her college friends in my high school After I volunteered for a few years in the Summer Day Camp I was offered a paid position which helped me pay for college How has Restoration Ministries impacted you A There are always event in life that have me question my faith but remaining a part of Restoration Ministries has helped me keep my faith in God Where are you now A I am a sophomore at Northern Illinois University Home of the Huskies I am studying Illustration On campus I am a guide at the NIU Art Museum I m in the process of joining the Women s Rights Alliance and Green Paws organizations but my main focus is on building my art portfolio for the entrance review for the Illustration Program at the end of my sophomore year n Maria a sophomore at Notre Dame was the tour guide for our After School Program students when they visited Notre Dame this fall Maria is first one on the left I m from Harvey I ll be 20 this winter and I m a Quest Bridge Scholar at the University of Notre Dame Go Fighting Irish As a Quest Bridge Scholar I received a full academic scholarship room and board plus books I have always wanted to become a lawyer to help others through that career Therefore I plan to apply to law schools with my Economics degree For this coming summer I hope to research the impacts of immigration on the economy When did you start coming to Restoration Ministries I started in high school as a volunteer in the food pantry I also took a jewelry class at their Gallery of the Arts I was fortunate that my friends had participated in Restoration Ministries after school program because they introduced me to Julie Martin who changed my life Julie is the director of the Bread for the Head Julie guided me through the college application process and encouraged me to apply for the Quest Bridge Scholarship and apply to Notre Dame How has Restoration Ministries helped you Volunteering here has helped build my resume This past summer was my first year as a paid leader in the summer day camp and I also was paid to tutor students in math Both jobs helped me save for college expenses How has Restoration Ministries impacted you Restoration Ministries became the pillar of support and guidance that I needed in high school They helped me improve my reading level which ultimately helped me improve my ACT scores and become a better candidate for my reach schools which throughout my high school career I did not think I would have a chance at being accepted Where are you now I m a sophomore at Notre Dame Maria posing with friends in front of the double majoring in international famous Notre Dame Golden Dome economics and Spanish and I m minoring in commuting and digital technologies I hope to pursue a law degree at Northwestern University after undergrad On campus I am the co president of the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy SCIA and Cultural Commissioner of the Latino Honor Society n 7

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RestoRation MinistRies Gabrielle Henderson Testimony Continued from page 1 Getting drugs and meeting up with drug dealers was never something I had to do so I wasn t very good at it It didn t take long for my parents to catch on and start wondering if I was doing drugs Just a month after Kory was arrested my little sister found my needles and gave them to my mom My parents gave me two options 1 Stay home and detox until they found a rehab for me or WinteR 2016 In November 2014 I agreed to go to Tabitha House I had spent just under 90 days in jail when I was released to complete a program in a state I had never been to While I was living at Tabitha House my life drastically changed The biggest and best change was God He brought me through the deep valley of addiction Everything broken in my life has been made beautiful but only because of Jesus I learned who I am in Christ and now I understand all the events in my life that God used to draw me closer to Him I forgave myself and my mom Today we have a stronger relationship than we ve ever had I learned that I don t have to seek human approval Life isn t about being good enough because in God s eyes I am perfect 2 Leave and they would call the police I wasn t ready to face my problem so I ran My parents did call the police and filed a missing persons report I was gone for almost a month During that month I went all out It wasn t just heroin anymore I was doing any drug I could find and getting drugs by any means necessary Gabby and Harvey House graduate Andrew Henderson were married on July 29 2016 I went to court on August 20 2014 which happened to by my 20th birthday I pled guilty to the drug charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail Just a few days into my sentence my mom pressed charges on me for taking her debit card This turned my 90 day sentence into 180 days From the very beginning of my sentence my parents were always pushing me to go to a long term treatment program far from home We looked into many different places but Restoration Ministries always stood out to me I was in jail with other girls who knew people that had gone through Tabitha House and Harvey House I also heard about it from the woman who taught the 12 step meetings at the jail and from a pastor who came and meet one onone with us Halfway through my sentence I made a choice I chose life I chose to get help I knew I needed to get far away from Bucyrus and the environment I was so used to 6 Everything about our wedding was perfect Both of our families were together My two younger siblings and his three older siblings stood up in our wedding My close friend Kate Hayley was my Maid of Honor and her husband Jeff was a groomsman We met Kate and Jeff at Restoration Ministries and they are graduates too All of the people from Restoration Ministries and our church Spirit of God Fellowship who had walked with us through the program were there celebrate with us Falling in love was not something I planned on doing I certainly didn t expect to meet my husband at a drug treatment program The plans God had for my life and for my husband s life were bigger than I could have ever imagined Today we are both working at Restoration Ministries He is one of the thrift store managers and I manage the eBay and Amazon departments After our wedding we moved to Tinley Park where we share a house with his sister who is a Tabitha House graduate and her husband Since graduating from Tabitha House my life has been nothing short of amazing For the first time in my life I can actually say that I am joyful and hopeful for the future God has planned for Andrew and me God knew all along that my deepest desire was to get married and have my own family So far he has given me the most loving caring and respectful husband I could have asked for And I know one day Andrew and I will have our own family A family that we can teach all the things Tabitha House and Harvey House taught us Everything broken in my life has been made beautiful because of Jesus After being in the program for eleven months I was offered a job at Restoration Ministries Thrift Store as the eBay manager This job was perfect for me because I was able to live at Tabitha House and save money for a car I graduated in December 2015 and continued living at the house and working at the Thrift Store Just a few months later I got engaged Andrew Henderson asked me to marry him and of course I said Yes We actually met at Restoration Ministries while in the program he went through Harvey House at the same time I was in Tabitha House We both continued to live in the houses until our wedding On July 29 2016 the absolute best day of my life I got to marry my best friend None of this would have ever been possible without Jesus Christ I am truly grateful that Tabitha House was there when I needed help Thank you to everyone who has ever supported Tabitha House Your support and faith in this program saved my life n RestoRation MinistRies WinteR 2016 Getting to know Isabel and Maria Both are college sophomores and have close ties with Restoration Ministries ISABEL ANGULO MArIA SIErrA C CErES Background Background I m from Harvey and I turned 20 last month I have always liked art When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I was always responded with lawyer until I realized that it was not what I wanted to do Despite the criticism about pursuing a career in art I chose to do what I love When did you start coming to Restoration Ministries After School Program A I started in Isabel and Maria worked as leaders at fourth grade our Day Camp this past summer because my mom couldn t help me with my homework anymore because she didn t know English very well How has Restoration Ministries helped you A They have helped me with my homework and gave me so many experiences Julie Martin director of Bread for the Head took over the role of my college advisor which Isabel on the right on a trip to Chicago was absent with her college friends in my high school After I volunteered for a few years in the Summer Day Camp I was offered a paid position which helped me pay for college How has Restoration Ministries impacted you A There are always event in life that have me question my faith but remaining a part of Restoration Ministries has helped me keep my faith in God Where are you now A I am a sophomore at Northern Illinois University Home of the Huskies I am studying Illustration On campus I am a guide at the NIU Art Museum I m in the process of joining the Women s Rights Alliance and Green Paws organizations but my main focus is on building my art portfolio for the entrance review for the Illustration Program at the end of my sophomore year n Maria a sophomore at Notre Dame was the tour guide for our After School Program students when they visited Notre Dame this fall Maria is first one on the left I m from Harvey I ll be 20 this winter and I m a Quest Bridge Scholar at the University of Notre Dame Go Fighting Irish As a Quest Bridge Scholar I received a full academic scholarship room and board plus books I have always wanted to become a lawyer to help others through that career Therefore I plan to apply to law schools with my Economics degree For this coming summer I hope to research the impacts of immigration on the economy When did you start coming to Restoration Ministries I started in high school as a volunteer in the food pantry I also took a jewelry class at their Gallery of the Arts I was fortunate that my friends had participated in Restoration Ministries after school program because they introduced me to Julie Martin who changed my life Julie is the director of the Bread for the Head Julie guided me through the college application process and encouraged me to apply for the Quest Bridge Scholarship and apply to Notre Dame How has Restoration Ministries helped you Volunteering here has helped build my resume This past summer was my first year as a paid leader in the summer day camp and I also was paid to tutor students in math Both jobs helped me save for college expenses How has Restoration Ministries impacted you Restoration Ministries became the pillar of support and guidance that I needed in high school They helped me improve my reading level which ultimately helped me improve my ACT scores and become a better candidate for my reach schools which throughout my high school career I did not think I would have a chance at being accepted Where are you now I m a sophomore at Notre Dame Maria posing with friends in front of the double majoring in international famous Notre Dame Golden Dome economics and Spanish and I m minoring in commuting and digital technologies I hope to pursue a law degree at Northwestern University after undergrad On campus I am the co president of the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy SCIA and Cultural Commissioner of the Latino Honor Society n 7

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