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I am Women’s Bean Project: Rebecca

My story is a long struggle. I have been arrested thirty times, have four felonies and have spent four years in prison. I have three sons; my middle son was kidnapped by his father when he was seven and I have not seen him for over 20 years. My addiction to methamphetamine for 36 years influenced my other two sons to become addicted to drugs. Now, the three of us are working on staying sober (for me, it has been 19 months!), but have been unable to see one another for two years. Having experienced all of this, I am still positive about my future.

The people at Women’s Bean Project have given me that hope. They have provided a safe space for me to learn, grow and change. My mentor, who I meet with once a week, has given me the language to talk about my past to potential employers—addressing it openly and communicating my commitment to change. Most of all, I now have the confidence to accomplish goals, advocate for myself and to focus on a long-term career not just a “job”. I have become a skilled collaborator and have made supportive friends that I know will be there for me in the years to come.

The Haven, an in-patient behavioral modification and drug addiction treatment facility has been another crucial factor in steering me toward the path to success. One of the most rigorous in the country, this program has saved me by putting structure and stability back into my life. I have never been good at taking care of myself and that was killing me. When I entered The Haven 16 months ago, I carried around an oxygen tank and could barely walk—today I do not need the oxygen and am able to stand for hours during my workday at Women’s Bean Project.

I thank God every day for helping me to learn patience and acceptance and to have faith in a better life for my family.

7 Comments: View or leave one of your own!


  • Kathy Gilmore says:

    Hey Rebecca, it me Gilmore! Dude I just love what I just read and I’m am so so proud of you. You got this..keep up the great work girlie!

    Love you,

  • Ellen says:

    I am glad you are on the road to recovery and hope the best for you and your boys.

  • Molly says:

    You’ve got this! Stay strong. The world is proud of you.

  • Erin says:

    Rebecca, You are one amazing warrior woman! Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring others with your perseverance and your positivity in the midst of all the challenges you have endured. Keep going and believing in the WONDER of you, the one and only you that was created to be a blessing!

    • Women's Bean Project says:

      Hi Erin,

      We will definitely share your comment with Rebecca. She has successfully graduated our program and is doing great! 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 Holidays 🙂

  • Leslie Heinrichs says:

    Rebecca, you made my delicious 10 Bean Soup! I am so thrilled that it is by you. You are doing a great job and are nourishing all of us. Keep doing great and know that we all are pulling for you!

    • Women's Bean Project says:

      Hi Leslie! We are so glad you enjoyed the 10 bean soup! Thanks for supporting all of the women at the Bean. We will be sure to pass along your kind words. Thanks for your response, and we hope you continue to enjoy our products!

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