This week we are spotlight Elaine Diehl, a loving, compassionate, and wonderful woman who has been deeply involved with Lily’s House through volunteering.
In what capacity are you involved with Lily’s House and for how long have you been involved?
I became involved with Lily’s House at the time the building was being renovated after seeing a request for volunteers on Facebook. I am currently on the Selection Committee that determines if applicants are accepted into the program. I am also on the Program Committee that meets with the residents weekly.
What great things have you seen accomplished at Lily’s House since you’ve been involved?
Since becoming involved I have witnessed mothers lost in addiction find sobriety for the first time. I have watched mothers be reunited with their children after they have been removed from their custody by the State. I have watched some of the mothers released from jail and even the Department of Corrections that are now productive members of the community.
How has serving at Lily’s House changed your life?
I have seen mothers rebuild relationships with their children and gain back the trust that has been broken.
I have loved the ladies seeing how many people, most complete strangers, truly care about them and their children.
Can you give a specific example of a time when you saw something amazing happen in the life of one of our moms?
One of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed was one of our mothers that came into Lily’s House after being released from prison and expecting her second child. She had not had any contact with her first born for 5 years. After having her son and working hard in the program, she reached out to her daughter’s father to ask for another chance to be in her life. It didn’t happen overnight but she now has her child back in her life and is working very hard to rebuild a strong relationship. Seeing the two of them together is proof that with hard work, a lot of love and a strong faith in the Lord, all things are possible.
What would you like people to know about Lily’s House that they might not already know?
Methamphetamine, opioids, heroin and even alcohol cause destruction to many families in our community. I know this first hand. I know and understand all too well the pain and of loving an addict. No family is immune. Drugs do not care if you are rich or poor. Drugs do not care if you raise your child with love and teach them right and wrong. Drug abuse can begin with young reckless behavior, it can begin with curiosity, it can begin by self medication for mental issues or even a physical injury.
I know recovery for every addict is possible because I have seen it. It isn’t easy but it can happen. If you are a mother with young children living your life in addiction, please reach out to Lily’s House. This is a long term program that has many resources to help you give yourself and your children the life you deserve.