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Alumni Stories

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Mandy came to FaithWorks of Abilene in the summer of 2017, by way of Noah Project, a local domestic abuse shelter. She left everything behind, and her children in the care of others, to escape a violent situation and the beginnings of drug abuse. She came to class a few days late, but just in the nick of time for her. “I

God had to tell Zacheri four times to go to FaithWorks before he finally paid attention. He heard about it the first time during his inpatient time at a local drug rehabilitation center, but he put it off. After three more times, and three more people mentioning FaithWorks to him, Zacheri finally read the brochure and took a leap of faith.

Tim O’Neill learned about FaithWorks one winter day just because he was cold. He made the acquaintance of Jim Clark, the executive director of the Christian Service Center, after he was released from prison for the first time and did community service there. When he was released again in December of 2017, following his second stint in prison, he headed

In FaithWorks of Abilene’s history, there has only been one couple who began the program together; that is the story of Dave Ray and T.J. Garlett, FaithWorks graduates from 2005. Their stories are so intertwined that they must be told together. The two landed at FaithWorks shortly after moving to Abilene from California, a self-professed “dead end” for the two rife with bad

Rebekah Vaughn has come a long way from the days she lived in a shed in Abilene. Lost, confused Rebekah spent six months caring about nothing: Especially and including herself. Before she found FaithWorks, her life was the sum total of co-dependency and a host of other addictions. “I ended up losing everything. More than once,” she said. She was exposed to FaithWorks

Bonnie Gallion heard about FaithWorks a lot before she came. But it wasn’t until she was in the Taylor County Jail that she said she took the time to consider it seriously. First of all, it was about faith, and “faith and drugs don’t mix,” she said. An Abilene native, Bonnie was sitting in jail on a charge when a FaithWorks

Born in Nebraska but lived there only six months before family moved to Houston. Then family moved to Jacksonville, Texas. Majority of her life in East Texas, went to college in Tyler. Worked in newspapers for many years. She went through a divorce and custody battle, and during this time she began using alcohol, pills, then drugs. She lost her

Angela Humphries came to FaithWorks of Abilene after serving 18 years of a 60-year sentence in prison. Her childhood is a story of sexual and physical abuse that turned into a destructive path culminating in some serious charges. Raised in Denton, she relocated to Abilene upon her release, which is how she came to FaithWorks Angela Humphries landed at FaithWorks after an 18-year

Before coming to FaithWorks I was lost on what my purpose was for life. I had only been living in Abilene for a month. I did not know anybody or anything about Abilene. I had just moved from Minnesota where I lived for 15 years and was working at a casino. The casino was the only

Before FaithWorks I was raising my niece and nephew and taking care of my two younger sisters because my mom had ovarian cancer and my dad was a truck driver. I moved from one dead end job to another. I had very low self-confidence. I was on the brink of giving up I believe that angels are