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Beyond the Card – Finding Hope

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MI Blues Perspective website featured the inspiring story of how Rita overcame a tragic childhood to become an advocate for sex abuse victims.  She shares how  Hope Clinic was there to help her and how she is giving back.

Beyond the Card: Finding Hope

“For the first time in my life I can sleep at night—and I’m able to dream of happy things again.”

Rita, 47, is one of the many people whose life dramatically changed after walking through the doors of Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Rita was sexually exploited by her father from age three to 13. As the pain of her childhood began to surface as an adult, facing the past affected Rita’s present.

The road to healing started following a divorce that left Rita without custody of her two children, health coverage or a place to call home.

“It’s humbling to have to ask for help,” Rita explained. “When I came to Hope, they didn’t just help me with food, dental and medical care—they helped me provide for my kids on Christmas.”   Read More at “Beyond the Card – Finding Hope”