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A STORY OF HOPE AND HEALING AT WHEELER MISSION MINISTRIES:
*Written by Wheeler Mission Ministries*
No matter how hard I tried, “Things never got better.”
Holly was working two jobs, trying to make a good life for herself. But no matter how hard she worked, there was never enough money to make ends meet.
“My circumstances didn’t ever seem to get better,” she says. “They were always down in the dumps.” And so was Holly. She became depressed and began drinking “a lot.”
Even being active in her church wasn’t bringing her the joy she was seeking. “All I saw was a lot of darkness,” she says. “Everybody else’s lives were happy compared to mine.”
Holly tried AA and remained sober for about nine months. Then, her mom had a heart attack. Because Holly didn’t feel comfortable sharing her problems or sorrows with others, she isolated herself and began drinking again.
Fortunately, Holly was never homeless…never had to live on the streets. But in reality, she was just “hanging on by a thread.”
Holly’s pastor stepped up to her side and began looking for rehab programs, but many of those programs cost thousands of dollars—far more than Holly could ever imagine being about to afford.
Then, they found Wheeler Mission!
The fact that our Higher Ground Addiction Recovery Program was faith-based really appealed to Holly. “I look at this program as a spiritual journey,” she says. “A place where I can work on my relationship with God.”
“I’ve learned to stop focusing so much on myself and start focusing on others,” she says with a smile. And that focus on others served Holly well. After graduating from Wheeler’s Higher Ground program, she began taking part in our Servant Leadership Training. It was a chance for her to share with others what she had learned at the Mission: There is hope for a brighter tomorrow!
Nowadays, Holly’s life is full of hope. As a member of Crossroads Bible Church, she’s studying God’s Word, “still growing and maturing.” Wheeler Mission remains a huge part of her life – she works in the Children’s Ministry at our Center for Women & Children.
And when Wheeler Mission opened a transitional home for women – a safe place for Higher Ground graduates to live while they look for full-time employment – Holly was asked to be the “house mom.” “Today,” she says, “I’m grateful for the place God has brought me to!”
A Post Script: (From WTHR Community Affairs)
Holly’s transformation was more than internal. Her appearance has also changed dramatically. As she shed her addiction, she also shed 100 pounds. Holly started running and you may even see her in the Drumstick Dash which will raise money to help Wheeler Mission Ministries. You can join Holly and support Wheeler’s work for the homeless, poor and those overcoming addiction, at the Drumstick Dash. It’s a way to serve on Thanksgiving morning: http://www.wthr.com/story/9285355/drumstick-dash
If you need Wheeler Mission Services or want to learn more about its’ programs, get information here: http://wheelermission.org/.
Don’t leave home without bringing a rain coat with you. The warm southerly breeze will help set off showers and thunderstorms today. Look for the unsettled weather to be with us all day today.
A Slight Risk of severe weather remains in place for much of the state today, including the Indianapolis metro area. This is primarily for storms tonight and into Tuesday. Lines of storms may produce severe wind, though it’s unclear if storms will be hold together as our atmosphere stabilizes tonight.
Look for some heavy downpours of rain Tuesday with some locations possibly seeing nearly 3″ of rain by Wednesday morning. Again, some of the rain will be heavy at times.
More scattered showers and storms will circulate around Indiana Wednesday and Thursday before this system moves out. Looks like it will be awhile before many of you are able to mow your yard!
The Friday forecast includes more clouds and more showers. The steadiest rain will fall across the southern half of the state. It will be another cool afternoon with highs in the upper 60s and lower 60s. Those lower 60s will be north of Indianapolis where there will be less wet weather. This band of steady rain will start to shift south Friday evening.
Operation Football is Friday night and if you are going to a high school football game, it will be cool and in the 50s. We are forecasting rain chances south of Indianapolis, but drier weather north.
The weekend forecast includes high temperatures in the 60s. Saturday will be the drier day, with rain chances returning later Sunday. We are tracking strong storm system for early next week. This system will bring the threat for storms and heavy rain. Stay tuned for updates.
We begin this day with areas of dense fog. That will burn off by mid morning, but it will be another chilly day in Indiana for this time of year. It will be another cooler than average day, with highs in the range of 65-70 degrees. The average high is 78 degrees. We get closer to that average by Friday and Saturday.
We’re looking for sunshine and beautiful weather for Thursday through Saturday, along with a gradual warming trend. Highs will be in the lower 70s on Thursday, the middle 70s on Friday and in the lower 80s on Saturday.
The weekend will end with rain chances on Sunday.Those showers actually come courtesy the remnants of Hurricane Odile, a rare thing indeed that storm remnants from the Baja affect Indiana. Fall begins on Monday September 22 at 10:29pm. There will be another round of cooler air too, just in time for Fall to begin. High temperatures fall back into the 60s early next week.
In 1969, the record rain total for the day was established with 1.07″.
The storms have moved out and the cooler air is moving into Indiana today. Yesterday, the Indy Airport reported .90″ of rain but much heavier rain hit the north side and Castleton reported 3.04″ of rain. The front that brought the precipitation has moved into Kentucky.
Today, look for mostly cloudy skies and a high of only 70 degrees. Highs will only be in the middle and upper 60s Friday through Sunday. Morning temperatures will fall into the 40s starting Sunday.
Most of the weekend will be dry, but a stray shower is possible on Saturday. Sunday will be sunny and cool, with highs in the 60s.
Highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s are in the forecast for early next week. There is a chance for rain on Tuesday.
On This Day In Central Indiana Weather History….
We start this morning out a little warm and very muggy. That’s a pattern we’ll see all day long today as our weather proves summer isn’t quite over yet.
Temperatures soar under hazy sun this afternoon. Highs around 88 in many areas and heat indices should be well into the 90s. We will keep it dry today, but storms will dive into northern Indiana later today.
A better chances of rain and storms arrive Friday, but not before highs likely hit 90 degrees. The hot, humid air feeds heavy downpours and lightning Friday afternoon into early Saturday morning.
The big story this weekend remains the return of refreshing air. Highs Saturday and Sunday will only be in the 70s, and lows Sunday morning drop into the 40s and 50s! We’ll enjoy a pleasant stretch from late Saturday into Tuesday afternoon.
A big day for many of you with Labor Day activities. Keep your smartphone and WTHR weather app handy as storms will dot the Indiana landscape today.
We are under a slight risk of severe weather especially later tonight and into early tomorrow with thunderstorms, possibly strong, moving through the state. Cloud cover and rain during the day could limit the severity of the storms.
Rain and storm coverage diminishes heading into Tuesday afternoon and sets the stage for a brighter Wednesday. The end of the week is highlighted by hot air and highs in the upper 80s. Look for a chance for cooler, pleasant air moving back into Indiana Sunday. Highs in the 70s are possible at that time.
On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……
2003 : Indianapolis…The greatest 24 hour measured rainfall in the city. The airport received 7.20 inches of rain in less than 20 hours. Widespread flooding occurred throughout the city. The White River in downtown Indy rose 15 feet in 18 hours.
It is a muggy, warm start to the day and in many areas we’re seeing fog this morning. This will all be followed by hazy sunshine and a slight storm chance tonight. Highs will top out at 89 but some towns could see 90 for the first time this year. Try and stay cool, because heat indices will be in the 90s to near 100 in spots.
Better storm chances arrive Monday night into Tuesday. There is the potential for multiple rounds of storms Tuesday… both in the early morning and afternoon. Another 1-3″+ rainfall is possible for some depending on the track and coverage of storms. This marks another unsettled stretch that brings daily chances of heavy storms as Indiana remains on the edge of the hot dome.
The rest of the week looks almost like Central Florida with daily chances for thunderstorms and highs in the mid 80s. We’ll keep you covered during the day on WTHR TV and WTHR.com.
|On This Date in Central Indiana Weather History……|
|1887 : At Indianapolis, the record low temperature for the date is set at 49 degrees.|