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I am Women’s Bean Project: Trudy

Hi I’m Trudy. My father is Hopi and my mother is Hopi/Apache. My parents were alcoholics and my family was very dysfunctional, and I was depressed a great deal because I was felt neglected by my parents. I first tasted beer when I was 9 and became an alcoholic by 15. I had a lot of fear and got married by 21, basically to get away from my parents dysfunction and drinking. I have a 37 year old daughter, and ended up getting divorced about 20 years ago.

After my divorce, I lived in Texas for 15 years and worked as an insurance agent and underwriter. But then I came to Colorado around 2001 and got back to back DUIs. I then got a third DUI and was in a car accident while driving drunk and received a fourth DUI in 2016. I was put in an inmate/outmate incarceration program, which allowed you to work. My life was a jumbled mess, and I was trying to recover from a lifetime of alcoholism yet didn’t know how.

Finally, in May 2017 I heard a Women’s Bean Project employee talking about the program on the bus. I was desperate for help and employment because I had not had a steady job for four years. I was living in a motel, needed money to keep a roof over my head, and I was on the verge of becoming homeless. When I applied at the Bean Project, I was amazed that I got hired right after I applied. The staff here really listened to what I needed and that was the first time any employer listened to what I had to say. I asked for a job, but WBP gave me much more than that. The variety of programs and classes gave me the opportunity to get back on my feet. I have gained self esteem and hope for my future, and I am currently living with a Narcotics Anonymous member who opened her home to me.

My goal right now is to pursue a career in the insurance industry, however I would really like to return to school and pursue a degree in criminal justice. I have always been interested in this and it would be the icing on the cake to show myself that I can be a good citizen. I couldn’t have done all this without being here at Women’s Bean Project, with the support to make the right decisions. Don’t give up until the miracle happens, it’s a daily practice to get better.

 



3 comments

  1. Miss Trudy,. You are an inspiration to people everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you start, it’s how you finish that counts. Keep going. Praying that your heart’s desires are fulfilled. Faith Jackson, Memphis, Tn.

  2. Trudy,
    You are a blessing in my life. Thank you for being the beautiful spirit you are.
    May His blessings reign upon you!


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