For the first time in a very long time, Dorothy Mable feels safe. Safe and free from the numerous problems that haunt her past.
"I'm enjoying the chance to just relax, be who I am, and find my way with the help of those that are around me," Mable said.
In and out of prison since she was twenty, Mable is making strides towards a new life with the help of Twin City Mission. Admitting she needed help wasn't something that was easy, but something she wished she had done a long time ago.
"It took a lot for me to come here. I was amazed at how willing they are to just open up themselves and help you to see some things that you need to do for yourself," Mable said.
But the building, which is more than 100 years old, is making it hard to keep up with the needs of people like Mable. All the women and families have to share one bathroom, which has only one toilet and two sinks. Children often time have to share the same bed in a small cramped room.
To relieve the problem, the shelter will be moving to a new facility within the next year. Clearing has already begun at the new site, but the shelter is barely halfway to meeting the $5.5 million necessary to complete the project. So Twin City Mission is hoping the community it serves, will return the favor in its time of need.
"For a place like this to only improve, that means that they can help more people, and more people would be interested in trying to get help," Mable said. "Because a lot of people feel like what's the purpose in trying to do something different." When people see that something is taking place that's actually going to be helpful to them, it makes a difference."
A difference that Mable has already seen in her life through the help of the shelter.
"The rest of what I have to live, I want to live it better than I lived the past. I want to do it different. Have my own place, you know, be open and willing to help someone else just like someone is willing to help me," Mable said.
To help Twin City Mission with its "Because You Care...We Can" fundraising campaign, give them a call at 979-822-7511 or go to www.twincitymission.org.