The arrival of a different lifestyle through a family.
Hello I am Alex I am a young man, 17 years old and I will tell you about how I was, and how I am today.
Well, I was born into a family that we could say was destroyed. When I was 5 years old, my mother left me with my dad and she came back when I was 7 years old. Two years later, my father committed suicide.
In 2009, I had a lot of problems at home, and I decided to leave the house. I was 9.
For the year 2010, I started to use substances like marijuana, cigars, cocaine among other things. That whole year I used drugs, but what I did not know was that my life was beginning to take another course.
In the 2011, I began to know a group of young people who were into bad things, then I became a member of that group, and as the months passed, a person of the same group wanted to kill me. This has left me with a scar across my neck. I, then, left that group and that place.
After 3 years, I decided to seek help because I was already tired of living on the street and suffering a lot.
I walked through the streets to a bus stop that went to the “Villa Olympica” and asked where there was an orphanage. A lady took me to some offices now called “DINAF”. Here was my first encounter with what was going to be my life.
Being at DINAF, I was taken to a home called “Senderos de Amor”. After a few weeks of living there, a group of North Americans came. I met a woman believer of God and I decided to tell her a little about my life. Although I knew that she had to return, one day before she and her friends left, we took a picture for memories. All this, I did not know that everything that was happening to me was part of God’s plan. She had to return to her country and I stayed in the home for several days.
Within a few weeks, I decided to escape from there with my companion named Henri, and I look for her on Facebook, found her and we started chatting. I told her everything that had happened and I told her that I was going to go back to DINAF and at first she said no, but then encouraged me to go so I would be safe. I lost contact with her and I went to DINAF. She was looking for me all over until they moved me to Hogares CREA.
Then, she decided to support me, but what she did not know is that I was an addict. I caused many problems in the year 2016 attending a school called “Arbol de Vida.” Despite the problems she gave me all her affection and appreciation while I just lied to get what I wanted.
On October 17, 2016, I was expelled from Arbol de Vida and was taken to DINAF and they told me the situation. I was to return to CREA. It made it difficult because I was going back to a place I didn’t want to. And I remember that even though I lied to her about some things, I felt a love towards her and I knew that being in CREA I could not see her or talk to her every day. At CREA, I still gave her many problems, it was difficult for many months to be without a phone and not being able to leave, but she was still here with me.
While in CREA, I had emotional changes that helped me to have the freedom to tell the truth and to have confidence towards her. I told her everything. Shortly after, she changed mentors. My last mentor was not always good with me. When she made this change, I was sad but at the same time happy, because I knew that God was going to send me someone understanding, and it really was so…
I thought that being in CREA was a punishment, but I realized that everything that had happened was a plan of God. After walking in the street, God sent me a loving and caring family, a dedicated and an excellent mother who is Julie Sorensen, and now that I am recovered, I understand what is happening. Sometimes God often puts us through tests and some do not resist. But God knows that what He does is to make us stronger and to find meaning in life. Thank God for my family. I love you Mami, thank you for meeting me and being part of my change. This is God’s plan that He gave me through my mami Julie. See you, with love…
“I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.”