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.