Earlene also feels drawn to the people she serves through her volunteering, because she too endured struggles in her life.
Prior to age 40, Earlene encountered many difficulties. She had a place to live and a job, but made poor choices in the company she kept and how she spent her time.
“I was hanging out with alcoholics and drug users, but I never tried drugs. One day I was in the hospital, by myself, and looked around because I needed a ride home. I didn’t know who to call. These people I called my ‘friends’, were not there for me. It was then I knew I needed to make changes.”
It was an eye-opening experience for Earlene. She realized she did not want to be that person anymore.
At 40, a whirlwind of positive changes catapulted Earlene’s life in a new and better direction.
“I got reconnected with God and let Him start leading my life,” she said.
“We all have our talents, time and treasures to offer”
The changes she made put her in a good place mentally, spiritually and physically. When things started to improve, Earlene looked for ways she could give to others. And that eventually led her to Rogue Retreat.