Hector's Story of Hope

stories of hope Jun 25, 2018

Hello. My name is Hector and I'm from Ponce, Puerto Rico. I am 52 years old and have lived in Harrisonburg since 1999. 

I was one of the happiest children. I had everything: my mom, my dad, grandma, sister and brother - a big family. I went to a good private school, but they kicked me out every year until I was in the 4th grade. I went to public school when I was 9 years old. By that time, I already drank, smoked pot and cigarettes. That's when I shot heroin for the first time in my life. After that, everything started to get out of control. 

At age 21, I got married and moved to Miami & Ft. Lauderdale. In Ft. Lauderdale, I overdosed and they pronounced me dead. They covered me and everything, but for some reason I came back to life. 

I was doing so many drugs and somehow was able to keep a job, but I was soon busted for heroin and coke and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. And then again, doing the same things, but even more.

One day, I overdosed again and 2 ladies knocked on my door. They offered me a rehab program called Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge. I've been in the program for 6 months and I'm learning something new that is good and healthy for me: God. Somebody loves me...and that is GOD!!"

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