One year later at the Son Shine Lighthouse
New London, Texas (KETK) — The Son Shine Lighthouse is a transitional home for women and provides a safe place for children to stay while their mothers find healing support for drug and alcohol addictions, among other issues.
May 1st will be its one year anniversary in East Texas.
On Monday afternoon in New London, director Ginger Lento hosted a daily meeting, addressing a few of the ladies who are staying at the facility, recovering from a number of vices and hardships.
It was a meeting,that was not possible one year ago.
"It's been amazing to me, it's been my life work to help women do things that they need to do to be Godly mothers," said Lento.
Mothers such as Michelle Cates, who has been at the Lighthouse for eleven months, and who was finally reunited with her three children.
"To put them to sleep, to eat with them, even when they get in trouble to discipline them, you know, all the things I've missed out on for four years, is awesome, it's a blessing," said Cates.
A blessing shared by fellow resident, and now outreach marketing coordinator, Anna Massey.
"This facility, when I first walked in I realized that God was here, I mean it just, the minute you walk on the property you can feel a peace about it," said Massey.
Finding ways to change their lives, when life's obstacles seem just too steep.
"I just thought I would be stuck in that darkness, doing what I do, without my kids and that's not what's happening," said Cates.
A dream come true, for a woman, who understands.
"It's a gift to me to be able to witness what God is doing here," said Lento.
The outreach will hold a graduation ceremony for five of their ladies on Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Henderson.
According to Cates, she hopes to one day come back to the Lighthouse, and be a mentor and help someone else who was in a similar situation, continuing this cycle, for many years to come.