May 17, 2017

Never Hesitate to Reclaim Hope

“If you are not sure whether you should go…my ONLY regret was that I waited.” – Candace, Survivor-

I was apprehensive about embarking on the healing journey offered by The Haven Retreat. I thought that since everything had happened so long ago that maybe I really did not need it or deserve it. There were a million reasons that ran through my mind–all seeming to resist fitting the last puzzle piece in place for me.

Once I arrived at the Haven Retreat, I immediately knew I was definitely in the exact place I needed to be. All of us were on our own individual journeys, but we all had this unmistakable bond from the very first second. It was almost as if we all finally felt like we could take off the mask and breathe.

The education, hope, healing, and sisterhood we all gained while at the Haven Retreat will last a lifetime. Everything that was poured into us with such love by every single staff member set us all on a path to continued healing. I have never had so much self-confidence and ability to finally love myself as I now have. It has had a positive impact on all my relationships, especially my marriage.

I now have a dream to begin a program quite similar to The Haven Retreat where I live. There are so many hurting ladies in this world who truly need all that was provided there.

If you are not sure whether you should go…my ONLY regret was that I waited. It is such a beautiful experience.

-Candace, Survivor