Steadfast House resident Morgan has faced darkness throughout her life, but through her perseverance and the support of Steadfast House volunteers, staff, and other residents, she is now embracing a bright future.
Morgan first came to Steadfast House as a twelve-year-old, after relocating to Asheville with her abusive mother. Morgan’s home situation led her to a state of deep depression, and she knew that she needed to escape and find a new place to call home. She entered the Job Corps, a job training program for young adults ages 16-24, but she felt disconnected from others in the program and eventually left. Morgan then re-entered Steadfast House and found a safe place that she could call home – a place where she could rely on those around her and feel like there was stability in her life again.
Morgan then made the decision to go back to the Job Corps and restart her journey.
“I decided that I was going to do something in my life, no matter what,” said Morgan. “Now I’m going in to Job Corps and instead of just trying to find a way out, I want to do better.”
Morgan initially went into the Job Corps to learn carpentry, but now she is going back to learn either computer technology or accounting. She will soon be joining the Job Corps program in Memphis, Tennessee.
Despite having struggled through times of darkness in order to get where she is today, Morgan said that she “wouldn’t take it back for anything.” She described a time when she had an opportunity to help a friend during a time of struggle. Because of her own experience, she could truly empathize and encourage; and then realized there had been a reason. “I thought, in that moment, ‘That’s why I went through what I went through,’” said Morgan. “Because if my story will help at least one person, that’s enough for me.”
She also noted that she feels a responsibility to spread the word about the hard issues of homelessness.
“I definitely have a voice – it aggravates people sometimes – but I honestly see it as a blessing, because there are some people out there that go through what I’ve been through, but they may not have the strength to talk about it,” said Morgan. She went on to explain that her experiences have led her to a place where she can share both her struggles and her victories, for the benefit of those around her.
Morgan is full of life and her sense of humor is infectious. She is constantly joking with her fellow housemates and bringing levity to their situation.
As she prepares to leave Steadfast House, Morgan is also preparing to leave the family she found there. She described becoming emotional when talking to the staff and residents of Steadfast House one night.
“I said, ‘I just want to let you guys know that you’re the family I never had,’” said Morgan. “It sounds cheesy, but it’s true! I came here with no family – well, I have a family, but it’s not the family I need. When I walked in here, I got six mother figures and grandmother figures. It’s a house full of women who have been mistreated and have never been taken care of, so we all kind of look out for each other.” All the church volunteers who bring home-cooked meals add to that feeling of home.
Morgan’s story shows the importance of family – even if that family isn’t biological. Through the support of Morgan’s friends and mentors at Steadfast House, Morgan has found the determination to continue her Job Corps training and the encouragement she needed to embrace her future – and to make it bright. Pray with us as Morgan embarks on this new adventure.