Stacy Cleveland, Seattle, WA, USA
A few years after college, I was nearly at the end of my rope and strung out on cocaine and meth. I lost my job and was in danger of losing my home and my children. At our lowest point, we were taken in by the Women and Children's Shelter at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.
They treated me for my addictions and showed me unconditional love. My faith was restored and I learned to rely on God again. So complete was my turnaround that eight years later, they appointed me director of the very shelter that had taken me in.
That was in 2007 and today we have about 80 women and anywhere from 40 to 60 kids at a time housed in a brand new five-story residence called Hope Place. It is a safe environment in which people can heal and break the cycle of poverty. Not a day goes by that we don't see miracles.
— Stacy Cleveland '97, Women's and Children's Shelter of Seattle