Hope's Closet

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him,

so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Meaghan and Josie came to Restoration’s food and clothing pantries for the first time on April 1. As we talked and prayed with them, they were heartbreakingly honest about what brought them there.

After serving a two-year sentence, Meaghan had been out of jail just a few weeks. She was released with the clothes she was wearing, but nothing else. “I lost everything,” she said. Now she is working hard to make the most of her fresh start.

Meaghan was upbeat as she told us her story, but she didn’t get far before interrupting herself to divulge her offense: She had been repeatedly caught driving without a license. She didn’t want us to be apprehensive, thinking she might have done something violent. Meaghan knows she was wrong, and she doesn’t feel she was convicted unjustly. “I was a single mom and I had to get to work, so I did what I had to do.” she said. “It was my own fault. I got myself into that mess.”

But she wasn’t alone in that mess. Her children, 17-year-old Jalen, and 14-year-old Hannah, survived their mom’s incarceration, but not without scars. “They didn’t have a mother for two years,” she said.

Landing a job is a big step in Meaghan’s fresh start, so she came to the clothing pantry hoping to find clothes suitable for interviews. She was excited and grateful to have the resources Restoration Church offers. We had just put out a fuzzy, pink Juicy Couture purse, and Meaghan was the first to spot it. “Is it OK if I take this?” she asked.

The next week, she and Josie came back with good news: Meaghan had been offered a job! At this visit, however, she wasn’t looking for clothes for herself, but for Hannah. She was practically giddy as she showed us the things she had found for her size-3 teenager. Meaghan explained that these items would be part of the Easter surprise she was putting together for Hannah: “And that Juicy Couture purse will be the Easter basket!”

Restoration’s clothing pantry is a closet filled with all kinds of hope. Even the fuzzy, pink kind.

Author: Angie Parker