Building a Godly Foundation

Gradine grew up in a dysfunctional home, often witnessing her father abuse her mother. She began using alcohol at age 16 to numb her feelings of fear and despair. “There was no one to discuss the pain with,” she says. Her drinking escalated when she graduated from high school and moved out on her own. She also began a string of destructive relationships that mirrored that of her parents. Finally, when a man she hoped to marry became abusive as well, it led to a tragic altercation that sent Gradine to prison… for 18 years. Gradine had always wanted a relationship with God, and during her incarceration, she began to grow spiritually through the guidance of visiting chaplains, including representatives from The Foundry. “They really made God alive to me and explained who He was,” she shares. When she was released, she came to our ministry to build a new life in the Lord.”

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