Hi, my name is Jaden Charo and this is my story. I come from a dysfunctional family, my mother was a pill addict for 23 years and my father was physically and verbally abusive to my mother, 2 sisters and myself. Being the only other male in the house most of the affliction was placed on me. Plus my mothers addiction didn’t help things at all. I watched as drugs tore my mother apart, and the chaos that followed. If I could describe the Charo home in one word it would be “hostile”. There was never any peace, never a sense of love, just emptiness all the time. Dealing with this environment day in and day out caused me to become enraged at a very young age. I started dealing with feelings that I didn’t understand, not to mention the fact that I had no clue how to cope with them. A friend at church told me to pray about it, I took the advice and did so. A month later nothing was changed. This God that everyone around me spoke about seemed to be absent when I needed Him the most. It was at that point in my life, at the age of 10 years old, that I turned my back on God. My life spun out of control after that, my mother’s addiction got worse, I continuously found myself in trouble with the law and at the age of 14 I started experimenting with self- harm. By the time I was 16 I started having sex with older women for money to fund all of my desires. Everyday was a new battle. My emotions controlled my life; fighting, sex, and money were at the center of it all. At the age of 18 I moved to my grandmothers house to hopefully get a new start. But changing places doesn’t change you . I wasn’t there a month before I found myself in jail, facing 3 charges, but this time it appeared they were going to stick. Sitting in the cell, for some strange reason, I cried out to that same God that I had not allowed to enter my mind for 8 years, I said God if this is not where you want me, than place me where you do. Three Days later I was bonded out, and the very next day I found myself coming to Project Hope Recovery Center. Project Hope is where God wanted me. Since being here, my relationship with Christ has been restored, my family and I have mended the broken bridges. My mother has been set free of addiction and works at the women’s center. Most importantly I have learned the true meaning of Love. I am not the same Jaden that walked through Project Hopes doors 1 year ago. The scripture I stand on is 2 Cor. 5:17. Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creation, old things are passed away and behold all things become new.