Sabrina’s Story ― Life After Loss


Do you ever feel like life continuously knocks the breath out of you? Or that you cannot get back up? Sabrina felt like this after eight years of experiencing the circumstances of divorce, the death of an adult child, illness of family members and taking care of them, a major car accident, and the loss of substantial amounts of money. “Everything I knew was gone,” said Sabrina emotionally as she sat in the conference room at Faith Refuge.

Sabrina’s journey to Faith Refuge is not what people would call typical of those who wind up at a homeless shelter. Sabrina shared about her blessed childhood with close family ties to parents, grandparents, and cousins. She grew up and earned her bachelor’s degree, worked in a professional position, and was married to a successful lawyer for 24 years. The first significant blow in Sabrina’s life happened when she found out her husband was having an affair. After that, “The bottom fell out of everything,” stated Sabrina.

Slowly she started to withdraw more and more from people and things she loved. Sabrina had no desire to live, but her faith prevented her from committing suicide. She talked about how she knew everything she should do to stay out of depression, but she just wasn’t doing it. One day Sabrina realized, “This is not how I want to spend the rest of my life.” However, she did not know what to do, so she called a cousin living in the DFW area. Her cousin’s husband, who is a pastor, knew that the staff at Faith Refuge works with women to restore their lives. He advised Sabrina to stay at Faith Refuge.

“What am I doing here?” thought Sabrina on her first day at Faith Refuge. By the second day, she felt the weight and cloud of depression being lifted off of her. She started the Career Academy and took classes that teach the students how to deal with everything that life throws at them. Sabrina said, “all of the classes relate to each other and are helping me get back to my roots and my old self. I know God sent me here.” In the words of the song “Amazing Grace:”

“Through many dangers, toils and snares
Sabrina has already come.
T’was grace that brought her safe thus far
And grace will lead her home,
And grace will lead her home.”

Please pray for God’s Amazing Grace to cover Sabrina as her story starts over again in a new home, different from what she knew but still full of moments of great peace and contentment.