Released 11 April 2012
Dina Anesin's journey toward recovery was a long
and painful voyage.
Like so many broken individuals who stumble, the 42-year-old mother's
story began when she was still very young. "I came from an alcoholic home," she
admits. Her mother's chronic drinking and unstable behavior instilled such
bitterness in Dina that she left home at age 16. And she took those years of
unhealed emotional wounds with her.
"I said I would never be an
because of the things I was
subjected to," says Dina. "But then I became a crack addict." For 30 years,
Dina struggled — shackled by her dependence. "At the end of the day, it's
trying to fill a void that you have deep down inside of you."
wasn't strong enough to lift herself out of the abyss of addiction — it
finally took divine intervention to set her free.
"God was saying, 'Enough is
enough,'" Dina recalls with difficulty.
That's when Dina found the warm embrace of The Salvation Army in Homewood.
With the help of donors like you, we arranged for Dina to have food and
Christmas toys for her kids, and helped her access educational opportunities
and professional resources to help her set long-term goals.
Dina was overcome with gratitude. "How amazing is that? Someone I
barely knew trusted me enough to give me these opportunities," Dina marvels.
"At The Salvation Army, there's genuine sincerity and concern for people's
lives. I was broken when I came here, and I feel whole again."
heartfelt generosity is restoring the hope of our less fortunate
neighbors each day. "Don't ever second-guess yourself to giving," Dina
encourages. "When you give to The Salvation Army, you can ultimately touch so
many other people's lives."