Delores grew up in foster homes, and found herself on the street with a child at the age of 16. Eventually she ran a house for prostitutes and sold drugs. After her two sons were sentenced to life in prison, she turned to alcohol to numb her anger. She was burnt out and didn’t know how she could go on until two missionaries knocked on her door and invited her to find hope through Jesus Christ.
The gospel was what gave her the hope that she could change, and the inner-city mission project is what helped her stay on track. Brother and Sister Cooper were assigned to be her mentor and encouraged her to pursue her dreams. Delores wants to provide help for recovering addicts and for single mothers trying to get back into the workforce. With the support of the Coopers, Delores has earned her GED, Bachelor’s degree, and is starting her Master’s. She’s learning about grant writing and started a non-profit that provides meals for kids during the summer.
Through the gospel and the love and support of the Coopers and other members of her ward, Delores has been able to turn her life around and focus it on serving others. Her bishops says of her transformation, “She caught a vision of what she wanted to become.”
Each ward and stake has unique needs as the members work together to care for the poor and needy. If you are interested in creating a similar inner-city project in your area, take a look at the following resources for priesthood leaders: Inner-city Training Materials