Her future looked bright at 19. Nursing school and a future of helping others. Her dream.
But those dreams never came to fruition. Just before leaving for college she found out her dad had a daughter in Colorado. Alyssa was excited to meet her new sister and her sister's six month old baby boy. Alyssa loved babies and could hardly wait to meet her new nephew.
That trip to Colorado forever changed the direction of her life. That darling baby boy was sadly neglected and unwanted by his mother. Out of desperation, Alyssa offered to take the baby, and her sister gladly accepted.
Disability insurance helped to pay for a room in a house with another family but the screaming and abuse of that family drove her into her car. She was desperate to protect her boys.
That's when HART found this precious family. Helping them to get into a temporary shelter, Alyssa and her boys were put on a list to get into brand new subsidized apartments.
Alyssa is often at loss for words for this miracle that has happened in their lives. Within the month she and her boys will be moving into a fully furnished apartment. They have been adopted by a partnering church. Creekside Church will help them move into their home fully furnished with gently used items.
The word "hero" is often tossed around with little thought. But to us, Alyssa is a hero, and certainly to those little boys that are now 8 and 9 years old.
Alyssa was put on hospice three years ago and then taken off a year ago. Her diagnosis is still not good, but her love for those boys is her driving force - truly a beautiful love.
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