Testimonials

Daisy

My name is Daisy. I walked into the A&A Alexandrina Center. I told them that I needed diapers but what I really needed was to talk. More

Angel

I was 19 and pregnant, homeless out on the streets; addicted to pot and alcohol. More

Val

Three months ago I was homeless, pregnant and battling addiction. I was tired of my life and I wanted something more for myself. More

Hannan

Hi I am Hannan, age 23. I have been living in a safe home that I was directed to by the A&A Alexandrina center. More

Daisy's Testimony

A&A Alexandrina Center

My name is Daisy. I walked into the A&A Alexandrina Center. I told them that I needed diapers but what I really needed was to talk.
I was alcoholic and a heroin addict. I had lost custody of both of my children and I was living on the streets.
One of the volunteers at the center sat with me for hours. She told me she understood what I was going through because at one time in her life she was also homeless. Her story was very much like my own.
And yet there she sat, so healthy and so pulled together, I couldn’t believe that she ever spent one minute in my shoes.
She talked about God. She told me that God loved me… that he would help me, and I believed her. She advised me to go straight from the A&A Alexandrina Center that afternoon to Saint John’s Homeless Shelter in Green Bay, and I did.
I walked into that shelter and I told them that I was an alcoholic and a heroin addict, but that I didn’t want to be an addict anymore, I wanted to get clean. I cried; they welcomed me in with open arms. And because I wanted help with my addictions they kept me separated from the general population.
I got to sleep in a real bed with a mattress. I worked with their counselors. I went to NA meetings. I started going to church every Sunday. But I still had the urge to drink and to do drugs. I even thought about giving up.
A month later, I remembered something that the nice lady at the A&A Alexandrina Center had told me; something that she had done once when she was feeling broken and alone…
I took off my jacket, I took off my shoes, I sat on my bed, I lifted my eyes up to Heaven and cried out, “God, I give you my life, I give you my heart, I give you everything! I trust you, I love you, I believe in you, let your will be done.”
And I could feel it, at that very moment a burden was lifted off my shoulders. I was healed, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
There was no turning back! I never did drugs again. I left Saint John’s Homeless Shelter a new woman. A few months later, I was welcomed into the House of Hope.
The staff there helped me regain custody of my two children. They also helped me get an apartment. My life isn’t without its challenges, but I still pray every day.
On the rough days I still cry but I ask God for help and he guides me.
If my daughter hears me crying she says “Mommy, maybe if we pray together you’ll feel better.” And I do. I am thankful for the A&A Alexandrina Center.
I went in a desperate woman and I walked out an empowered woman; hopeful and determined. I’ve since met a good catholic man and we’re expecting a baby.
We’re not rich but God provides. If I need diapers or formula when the baby comes I know where to get them. If I need a shoulder to cry on I know where I can get that too. Please support the A&A Alexandrina center, please, for me.
Love Daisy                                                                           Back To Top

Angel’s Testimony

A&A Alexandrina Center

I was 19 and pregnant, homeless out on the streets; addicted to pot and alcohol. I am walking, just walking around town, nowhere to go. I pass this place call the A&A Alexandrina Center. I’ve seen this place many, many times. I used to work through the temp agency that is right next to the A&A Alexandrina. I knew they helped with diapers and stuff but something told me to go inside and ask for help. So, I go in, and meet with a lady. At first, I was very hesitant…she was asking lots of questions. Lots of personal questions and the way I was brought up, we kept our personal lives to ourselves so I didn’t share much but God told me to humble myself and stop being so stubborn. I shared my situation (pregnant and homeless) and I thank God every day for blessing me with the women of the home that the A&A center directed me to. At the end of the “meeting” the lady informed me that I came to the right place and that they could direct me to a safe home, where they help women and children and pregnant women.
During my stay at that home, I had met a lot of strong, encouraging, loving people. I have learned a lot about myself. I have picked up some good parenting techniques from one of the house mothers. The house mothers and I haven’t always seen eye to eye but let me tell you the home is filled with love and support. There has been a lot of growth, personal growth during my time there and even after leaving. When I came to the home, I had nobody and I was super broken. I mean, I’m still broken, I’d be lying if I said otherwise but I am slowly but surely repairing myself. With their support, I’ve found myself in the process of mending relationships with people that either I’ve hurt or who have hurt me so deep that there was one a day I couldn’t even think of forgiveness. I can’t give all the credit to these people, because truthfully, it’s Gods’ work. God has come to me through these women and has helped me find my true self. I’ve started my spiritual walk; I’ve been growing as a woman and as a mother each day. I’ve learned to love myself and love others. The home gave me HOPE when I thought there was nothing left for me. I have found courage and strength, strength to keep fighting. I speak a lot of myself and my personal growth because all I’ve ever wanted was to be a good mother. If we aren’t strong for our children then who will be? If we don’t love ourselves, how can we love our children? My stay at the home that I was directed to has been a life changing experience. I am not perfect; I still make mistakes. As I am writing this letter, I find myself in yet another one of life’s many obstacles. But it’s all part of God’s plan to shape us into the people that we are truly meant to be. I am almost 22, still young but I’ve struggled with alcohol abuse for almost a decade already and with the love and support that God has gave me through the people at A&A and the home, I have started my recovery journey. If I am not sober, I can’t be the mother my daughter deserves. I am writing this to tell you not to give up. There is hope. Although I’ve got a long way to go, a long way to grow, I’ve come very far since I’ve first stepped foot in the center.
Nobody can do it for you. You have to put in the work. Our stories may be totally different but just know that there’s hope. With your hard work and determination to get on your feet and be an example for your children you can make it. Most of all, your trust in God, you can and will make it.
“I am with you always, to the end of the age”
Matthew 28:20
Thank you for your time,
Angel C.                                                                                 Back To Top

Val’s Testimony

A&A Alexandrina Center

Three months ago I was homeless, pregnant and battling addiction. I was tired of my life and I wanted something more for myself. I started searching for places that help pregnant women that were homeless. I found the direct number and I left a message about my situation and what I was looking for. I received a return call from Teri letting me know that there were housing options. We set up a meeting and I met with her and another woman at the A&A Alexandrina Center. I was scared and felt broken inside, I was afraid of being judged. I didn’t know what to expect but I went and told them everything I was going through and that I wanted help and I wanted to change.
Since being directed to a safe home, I have come a long way in a very short time. I now have a place to call home. Being able to have a place to look forward to sleeting at every night is a huge blessing. When I first walked into my room, I cried. It was perfect! It was amazing to know that there were people that made a place like this available to women in need. I’m so grateful to have found the home and being able to live with Teri.
Teri is an amazing woman and has been so helpful to me in helping me accomplish all of my goals. She’s treated me like family since the beginning and I am so grateful to have met her. I’ve also built a stronger relationship with God and today I have a stronger faith. Teri and Ellen have really helped me understand things that I was unsure about and helped in the right direction when it comes to my faith.
Today, I am proud of myself and the person I am becoming. I have a beautiful baby girl who is amazing and healthy. I’m happy to say that everything I have today is because of the home and being able to be a part of it. I am so grateful for everything this program has helped me with. I want to thank all the women who make this possible at the house and at the A&A Alexandrina Center.
Love Always,
Valleri S. Kennedy and Keylahni                                                Back To Top

Hannan’s Testimony

A&A Alexandrina Center

Hi I am Hannan, age 23. I have been living in a safe home that I was directed to by the A&A Alexandrina center. I have been there since august 31st 2018 with my two children Rayna age 8 months and Rayann 3 years old. In the beginning when I came to this house, I was really depressed with everything that was going in my life I wasn't able to sleep peacefully I wasn't necessarily eating and wasn't focused in anything I ever did. Having a place to live gave me hope a roof over my head and peace and comfort. I was surprised by how I was treated and how I was always surrounded with love and positivity, which made me see things clearly. At first, I wasn’t truly excited about doing prayers. Was always worried if I did something I would get yelled at or get treated differently since it was the first time for me for being homeless. I had a different way of how I thought of myself and everyone at the house proved me wrong and accepted me for myself. I was going through a custody battle with my daughter's father. I found Teri always staying by my side helping me be calm through my anxieties, pushing me always to do better. Today I feel I am truly blessed to be having that kind of support and I appreciate every help I have received.
Thank you A&A for directing me to this house to help me heal, to help me survive, to help me become more independent. And for the most part thank you for bringing me closer to God and make my faith stronger again. I am truly blessed.
Thank you.
Hannan I.                                                                              Back To Top

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 Green Bay Pregnancy Help Center
A&A Alexandrina Center:
1600 Shawano Ave.
Suite 106
Green Bay, WI 54303
(920) 435-4191
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