Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you,” says the LORD, “plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.”
Evora, a single mother of three young girls, once wondered if she had a purpose. She asked God, “Why am I still living?” A car accident that left two of her daughters in the hospital was her wake up call. During her daughters’ miraculous recovery, Evora realized she had to “spend more time with God through God’s word, prayer and journaling” to regain her purpose. As a result, she pursued a strong calling to write. Evora faithfully wrote late into the evenings (after a full day of work and time with her children) until she had an entire book. The main character ran homes for women who needed help rediscovering their purpose. Amazed by her own foresight, Evora explained, “I was writing about transitional homes before I even knew they existed. I never imagined I would find myself living in one.”
Her daughters fully recovered and life continued as normal until Evora’s income could no longer keep up with living expenses of raising three girls alone. With a “step of faith,” she found herself on the front step of Catherine’s House. Confused by how familiar the building felt, Evora reviewed her journal and realized that she had seen Catherine’s House before in a dream. Her admission was an “overwhelming and humbling experience.” She explained, “My mother passed when I was 18, and my father isn’t close, so I have always taken pride in being able to provide for my children on my own. I learned quickly that if you are too prideful, you can miss blessings.”
One of her blessings at Catherine’s House was the meditation room, a quiet space for residents to be alone for prayer and reflection. Evora was committed to daily prayer and would wake as early as 4:30 AM to visit this room before her busy day of work, parenting, and program classes. Three nights a week, Evora attended case management, a practical skills class or counseling group at Catherine’s House. Evora said, “I learned how to better communicate and be more considerate of others. The budgeting assistance was also helpful. My financial priorities had to change. I learned how to prioritize my expenses and the difference between a need and a want.” Evora maintained full-time employment and contributed regularly to her savings account. Mid-stay, her aging car died. Catherine’s House gave her a donated car, preventing many potential setbacks including the depletion of her savings. Evora was able to save a total of $1,600! As a result, she and her three children moved from the bedroom they shared at Catherine’s House to a three bedroom home.