My name is Charity Fyke. I am 45 years old. I was born in San Diego, California. Both of my parents were drug addicts. and alcoholics and I grew up in a very physically, mentally and emotionally abusive home. I started drinking at 8 years old and using drugs at 9. I was married and raising 2 children by the time I was 17. During my divorce at 18 I began to drink more and use harder drugs. This carried on and off through my life even though I had 5 children and long periods of sobriety I never knew Christ.
My 3rd time in prison I was at my bottom. I was a drug dealer and user. I had lost my children, left my husband and disappointed everyone in my family. I was suicidal and truthfully evil. Not caring who I hurt because I hurt. Then God sat me down so I could look up. My husband began to speak to me about how God had changed him. How he could forgive me because God had forgiven him. I got in the faith-based dorm where I had classes that began to change my life. God opened my eyes and showed me that even I could be a new creation in Christ.
I met Beth Whittier and was accepted into Oaks of Righteousness. Through the classes, volunteers and programs offered at Oaks I learned how to heal and become the woman of God that He always meant for me to be. I graduated from Oaks and shortly after started an internship in women’s ministry which led into my being a program manager over a discipleship program for a year. I know God prepared the way for me to meet the needs of the Oaks at such a difficult time. For we walk by faith not by sight. I will be forever grateful to everyone involved in the Oaks for giving me a safe place to learn and grow in Christ, and for all the love and support I have received in becoming the House Manager.
Long Term Care
The Pearce House, a new Graduate House for the Oaks of Righteousness ministry
After graduating successfully in 1 year from the Oaks of Righteousness recovery program, the women struggle to find an affordable place to live in the area. All too often they have to start over in a new location with minimum support; or worse, go back to the people and places that contributed to their incarceration. Their incomes limit the options for housing and many landlords will not rent to ex-offenders. At Pearce House, they will continue their journey to live productive God-honoring lives with employment and transportation. The Pearce House will be self-supporting and self-governed. Residents will sign a contract/commitment and guidelines for residency. The residents will pay a monthly house fee manageable at their income levels. We are thankful and give God all the glory for acquiring this graduate house for the Oaks of Righteousness ministry in 2020.
To help break the cycle of recidivism, Oaks of Righteousness will provide:
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