My name is Michelle Aguirre



My name is Michelle Aguirre.  I am a 23 year old mother of two daughters ages 8 and 6 and two sons ages 3 and 2.  I was born and raised in Boyle Heights, CA.  My mom and dad separated at the age of 3. At the age of 4 my mom remarried and I grew up in an alcoholic environment with her and my step dad.  I felt my childhood was all right.  At the age of 14 I had a relationship with my first boyfriend which lasted for over four years.  It was an abusive relationship but my first two children were born from it.  A few months before I gave birth to my second daughter my biological father passed away due to drug and alcohol abuse.  I was very hurt and sad because of his death. Then my life turned for the worse, I began to use drugs and hang out with gang members.  I started selling drugs and not caring about nothing else but myself.  My children and family were not part of my life during that time.  It came to a point that Children Protective Service took my children to foster care.  I then realized I needed help and I had to stop living a destructive lifestyle.  First I tried an outpatient program, but it didn’t work for me.  My social worker demanded that I had to do a residential program.  She found Rainbow Family Ministry.  When I went to see the home their was a room available by the grace of God.  So I entered the program with my youngest son Angel.  At the home I finally surrendered and gave my life to God.  I attended church for the first time.  I began reading the bible on a daily basis, where I found my identity in Christ.  Because I have a personal relationship with the Lord and had the willingness to change, God restored my relationship with all four of my children.  I now have my kids with me and I thank God. I have been sober and plan on staying sober and living a godly life.  My future plans for my life are to complete the accounting courses and enter school to be a medical assistant.  I will always serve the Lord with my children.