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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. I was depressed a great deal because I 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.

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  • Taeva Conley says:


  • Faith Jackson says:

    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.

  • Heather says:

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

  • Hasan Basheera says:

    I am presently preparing for an exam that is like my “Waterloo”. Your story is very encouraging for me. Never say die! Don’t look back. Good for you, Trudy.

  • Joni says:

    Way to go Trudy! Keep it up. You will get that degree!

  • Kim says:

    Sending much encouragement, Trudy! Thank you for sharing your story with us and all that God is doing to bless you with Women’s Bean Project. Much love.

  • Kathy says:

    So glad to have found this web site and help just a little by buying your products. Sending best wished to you and all the other wonderful women.

    • Women's Bean Project says:

      Hi Kathy! Thank you for your kind words and support. Everyone here appreciates it! Hope you enjoy the products 🙂

  • Terri Cedillo says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable, and many lives will be changed from your courage.
    I happen to be a Financial Aid Advisor (going on 10 years) at a local college. Please reach out to me if you need a hand navigating the financial aid process and other college processes. It can feel overwhelming to start, but I know you’ll do great! You’re resilient and have a great support system.
    With love,
    [email protected]

  • Barbara Vincent says:

    Congratulations Trudy!
    Your story is inspiring. You can do it!

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