Sunday, May 12, 2013

Nowhere left to go but up

Message of hope; I hope went out and was received.

Jailed Moms get inspirational words from former inmates
By Ana Ley - Express-News

Caroline Reyes was willing to give up everything to feed her heroin addiction — even her three sons.

“I gave them up because I wanted dope,” Reyes, 37, told a room full of mothers incarcerated at the Bexar County Jail. “I saw mothers selling children for a bag of crack. I saw them say, 'Here, rape my child.' I gave them to my mom because I didn't want that for them.”

Reyes, formerly a crack dealer and madam in the gang-riddled Lincoln Courts area, is now president of Lakeview Baptist Church and is a motivational speaker for women who face some of the same challenges she did. She was one of five speakers who shared their troubled pasts with the inmates on Friday during an event coordinated by jail employees in observance of Mother's Day.

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