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I am Women’s Bean Project: Miranda

My name is Miranda, and I am a recovering heroin addict. I was born and raised in Denver and am a mother of 4 boys (ages 13, 10, 2 and 1). Since I was 12, I have been using addictive substances – That’s 21 years or 65% of my life. My mother was an alcoholic and not able to raise me, so my grandparents were my support system. In 2011, I was in a car accident and severely injured my back and was given pain medication. During this time my Grandmother passed away and the pain meds were my way of dealing or not dealing with the pain of losing her. This became my new addiction leading to heroin. I had several run-ins with the law and finally was arrested and sent to a halfway house as my last option before prison. I realized my addiction was ruling my life and it had to change.

My Case Manager at the halfway house told me about Women’s Bean Project, so I applied and was hired in April 2018. My confidence was at an all-time low when I first started the Bean Project. Now I am relearning who I am, finding my confidence, and have the support of my co-workers and staff. I have learned how important it is to have healthy relationships and I’m learning to deal with my emotions instead of masking them. Every day I am challenged with making positive decisions while rebuilding trust with my boys.

My goals are to get my GED, graduate Women’s Bean Project, and get through the halfway house. When I graduate I am looking for employment that will allow me to continue to learn and stay busy. I’m thinking sales or administrative work in property management (leasing) because I like interacting with others, and it would allow me to give tours while showing properties.

11 Comments: View or leave one of your own!


  • Claudia Nodine says:

    That was so very awesome! You will do it!

  • Claudia Nodine says:

    You got this Miranda!!

  • Kim says:

    Believe in yourself. You have great goals; set small goals along the way for a sense of accomplishment. I admire your willingness to put yourself out there. Love yourself and forgive yourself. Good luck on your Journey.

    • Women's Bean Project says:

      Hi Kim,
      Thank you for your kind words and continued support of Miranda and Women’s Bean Project. We’ll be sure Miranda gets your message! We hope you have a happy new year!

  • ellen says:

    You can do this! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! You are God’s child whoever you conceive him/her to be.

    • Women's Bean Project says:

      Hi Ellen,
      Thank you so much for your support and kind words for Miranda. We will be sure to share your comment with her. Miranda is still doing amazing work here! Feedback like this is shared with our women so that they know others are supporting their journey, and rooting for their overall success. Thanks again for your support! Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Frankie says:

    I AM SO VERY PROUD OF YOU! YOU have come So FFar & You are Worth It! Keep up the good work. Your very Intelligent & can do whatever you put your mind to.

  • smelcher says:

    I’m a third generation Denverite and I’m so touched to read your story. And so pleased that your are making good with your life and this project. I’m going to place my first order and I’ll celebrate my first taste of soup in your honor. Stay strong!!! Thank you!!

  • Lindsey-Loon says:

    What an amazing story! You have such an inspiring journey and have showed such courage and endurance in learning to thrive. The Women’s Bean Project sounds like an amazing opportunity and community. All the best– you’re inspiring people, hope you keep shining bright!

  • Katherine Wakim says:

    You. can. do. this.

  • Ellen De Flora says:

    I admire your ability to see the past and work for a better future. I wish you the very best.

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