At 20 years old, Tracy became an alcoholic and eventually became addicted to crack cocaine. Because Tracy’s life was so unmanageable and abusive, she became homeless with her child, drug addicted, and beaten down by the negative images that surrounded her community.
Seeing no future, no hope, and no way out, during this hour of darkness Tracy found Good Shepherd Gracenter, a six month treatment program in San Francisco. The experience at Gracenter was life awakening. The Sisters gave Tracy a new direction and a sense of hope. When Tracy completed the treatment program she had a new life with high standards and goals to complete.
Tracy became involved in a new community where she marched and protested for women’s rights. She took a stand for homelessness and advocated for supportive housing for single parents. Having found a new life of freedom, Tracy became a voice for people who needed to know there was a better way of life.
Tracy gained a career position in a corporate environment as a Financial Analyst. While working and raising a family, Tracy was able to obtain a degree in Business Accounting.
Tracy is now married and has three children. Although Tracy loved her new life, the road to get there was not easy. She still had to face the consequences that her drug addiction had caused. Tracy recognized that her dysfunctional, self-destructive lifestyle affected her oldest child—he repeated the life of abuse she once had. Maintaining sobriety became a challenge while trying to undo the abuse to her son.
Constantly being reminded of women who were in similar situations through stories from co-workers, Tracy was inspired to shift gears in her life. They would tell her about women who lacked support to get clean and sober, so their children were taken from them. However, the cycle of addiction would continue once the children were returned. As the stories increased, her desire to help parents suffering from addiction and the cycle of abuse grew stronger.
In 2011, Tracy opened the doors to her very own non-profit organization to provide an important, sustainable service to the community. Change To Come is a transitional housing community designed to help single parents in recovery create a healthy life with their children. So far she has gotten over 200 people on the path to a healthier life.