Amanda & Zoey
Current Participants, Fargo-Moorhead
Two years ago, when Amanda got her fourth DUI after a bad car accident, she hit rock bottom. She had been struggling with drugs and alcohol for many years, but in drug court, she was given a second chance at turning her life around. “I decided enough was enough and I was going to take every opportunity to get the help I needed to make this change in my life,” she said.
Several months later, successfully sober, she found Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead while searching online. She immediately signed up for the empowerment class in spring 2016. “Before Jeremiah Program, my life was not okay,” she says. “I was sober and living clean but I did not have any confidence in myself nor did I believe I could become anything because of my past and the fact that I was a single mother living in poverty.”
The mother of a beautiful little girl named Zoey, Amanda longed to be the best she could possibly be for her daughter. But fear of failure and rejection plagued her. At Jeremiah, she learned a powerful quote in empowerment: “I am lovable, important and valuable.” Amanda says she says this to herself every morning, the moment she gets out of bed. “Just saying these words made me believe that I am worthy of great things,” she says. “The empowerment class was a nice awakening of my soul and what I can do when I have the confidence to get out and do it.”
Her work with Jeremiah led her to apply to North Dakota State University. Today, she is pursuing a degree in human development and family science/elementary education. “I can’t wait to become the teacher I have always wanted to be and just have a better life and opportunities for my daughter.”
She enrolled in Jeremiah’s life skills class this fall and will be continuing this spring. She says she has learned that “everything is possible if you work hard and have supportive people in your life.” She also notes that the other moms in the program have made an enormous difference in her life. “I have met some great moms who want the same things I do and are going through similar situations and having that support group is just another bonus.”