By age 15 Sabrina had already tried to numb the pain in her life with alcohol, smoking, drugs, and unhealthy relationships. The pain she wanted to hide from was the wounds left from a father who abandoned her when she was 2 and parent figures who taught her that smoking, drinking, and promiscuity weren't that big of a deal.
Conflict was a daily occurrence in her growing up years. Sabrina found herself struggling to feel valued and accepted. So she began to look for a place to belong outside of her family.
"On the outside it seemed like I didn't care about the choices I was making, but inside I was depressed and hopeless and crying out to be held, loved, accepted and protected."
When she was 16, her mom told her about The Fold Family Ministries in Vermont. A few weeks later, she interviewed, and shortly thereafter moved into the Girls' Home. She admitted that adjusting to the new lifestyle was hard, but she found a welcoming and acceptance by the staff that made her feel loved.
"I began learning so much more about myself and about God. I learned about forgiveness and that I didn't have to carry around the guilt of my sins any more. I learned I didn't need to turn to drugs, alcohol or sex to make me happy. I felt happy being around people who cared about me and who showed me love constantly."
Sabrina discovered a passion for the Lord, and she accepted Jesus into her heart.
"I didn’t want to feel pain anymore. I wanted a love that actually lasted. I wanted to love someone who I knew wouldn’t hurt me, someone who wouldn’t forsake me. I learned that God’s love is the only thing that we need in our lives."
Through her time at The Fold, Sabrina said that God helped heal her relationship with her mom. When she finally got to the point where she could forgive her mom, she told her how much she loved her and apologized for all the wrong she had caused.
"I felt free and like this big weight had been lifted off my shoulders."
Before The Fold, Sabrina believed she was worthless. She believed she was to blame for all the bad things that had happened in her family. Now she understands that she is a valuable child of God who is unconditionally loved and forgiven.
"Before I came to The Fold, everyone thought I would get pregnant as a teen and drop out of high school. My life was definitely headed in that direction, but God stepped in, and now I am about to finish high school and go on to college to study nursing."
Sabrina's life is one of many that has been dramatically changed because of the work at The Fold. Our ministry is fully equipped to deal with the struggles teens face today. Whether it's the emotional scars of abuse or self-harm, teens who struggle with addictive issues or anger, or teens who simply need someone to come alongside them and offer grace and acceptance, we are here for you.
The Fold's mission is to help bring healing to families in crisis. If your teen is in trouble, please call or email us for help. Our caring and attentive staff can help get you started with the intake process to determine if The Fold is the right fit for your child.
The Fold Family Ministries
PO Box 1188 Lyndonville