Marilyn first came to us at a young age.
“I was selling and using drugs at age 16. I came here to the Anne Douglas Center for Women when I was 18 years old and homeless. After spending a year here, I left but I came back because I couldn’t keep a job. I’m 27 years old now. For me, this means an opportunity to do greater things. This is a place of clarity for me.”
We all deserve a second chance and Marilyn has been given another opportunity to change her life around.
“Who am I? Why am I here? To connect with God,” she says.
Marilyn has found a new purpose her second time around. She completed her high school degree and also participated in The Pepperdine Microenterprise Program during her stay at the Anne Douglas Center for Women. This program helps underprivileged members of the Los Angeles community by teaching personal development and professional skills, developing individualized business plans, and launching micro-businesses. Through this program, Marilyn has been given the tools to launch her own all-natural skin care line.
“To say thank you to the donors is not enough. I want to tell them the changes I’ve made in my life. I went from living paycheck to paycheck to having integrity and ambition and reconnecting with family. The donors give us love.”
Marilyn’s future plans include working on her business and looking for part-time employment doing something that honors God.
Thank you on behalf of Marilyn and others like her who deserve unconditional love and second chances.