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Cozella has been drug-free for more than four years. Her family couldᮒt be prouder, and you helped make it happen!

Released 8 May 2014

“I Wanted to Find Myself Again”

Cozella has been drug-free for more than four years. Her family couldn’t be prouder, and you helped make it happen!

Cozella doesn’t mince words: “If it weren’t for The Salvation Army, I’d probably still be a drug addict. Or I’d be dead.”

When we met Cozella, she was vulnerable. Four years earlier, her mother had passed away. Cozella had no idea how to cope with the grief, so she turned to crack cocaine ... and the drug robbed her of everything she could call her own.

Cozella spent some nights in jail, and too many others on the streets. But she didn’t care. In a way, she confesses, she was committing a sort of slow suicide.

What kept Cozella alive was the fire in her spirit that not even drugs could put out. She just needed someone to help her come to terms with her pain.

Cozella came to The Salvation Army, where friends like you were ready to help her turn her life around. The only problem was, Cozella wasn’t sure she was ready.

“I had a real bad attitude,” Cozella says. “Because my mother had passed, I was trying to take the whole world with me.”

But something our program director said stuck with her, even as she fought her own instincts to change. He told her, “Cozella, you have potential! We can help if you just listen.”

Finally she was ready, and today, Cozella has earned an associate degree, and plans on getting her bachelor’s in human resources. She pays her rent and bills. She has won back her family’s respect, and has even inspired some of her friends from the streets to clean up their lives, too.

“The Salvation Army saw something in me that no one else did,” she smiles. “I’m living proof that anyone can make it!”

Doesn’t it feel good to know that your support changes people’s lives like this? Please give again, won’t you?

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