Written by Amy Fletcher, Champa House Program Director
One of the greatest joys of my job at Champa House is the fact that I get to be witness to transformation. I am allowed the great privilege of watching broken, angry girls transform into courageous, forgiving women. The process is work. Very hard work. I see tears, attitudes, questions upon questions, and the ever-present temptation to quit. However, when a woman chooses to have the courage to stick with the process, even though she cannot immediately see the outcome, transformation begins and life comes back.
Joy, our most recent graduate, is a beautiful picture of the transformation I am talking about. She came to Champa House as a bitter, confused, angry shadow of a girl. There was no joy in her, only pain. Throughout her year in Champa House, Joy fully applied herself to the program. She engaged in life skills classes, counseling, relapse prevention group, in depth Bible studies, budgeting, conflict management and relationship skills. Joy fully surrendered her life to Christ and the transformation He needed to do in her. Joy graduated Champa House women’s program on February 28th. She graduated as a beautiful, gracious, confident woman. She graduated as someone who fully grew into her name: JOY.