Giving Recovery a Chance

Sep 23, 2021

Mia had struggled with alcoholism for years, but after hearing about the Harbor Light Center through a church outreach presentation, she made the choice to try to change her life. She came to Harbor Light completely broken and mourning lost relationships with friends and family – including her 12-year-old daughter.

“I had burned all the bridges with my family and children,” shared Mia. “Before I came here, I was sleeping outside, literally in the rain. Harbor Light has helped me more than I can ever be thankful for. They saved my life.” 

From the minute Mia stepped into the building last April, she felt a sense of peace. Whether it was a good day, a bad day or the smallest of milestones, Mia felt supported and confident that the staff were genuinely happy for her.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve regained a relationship with my daughter,” said Mia. “I have money saved and I am paying rent for the first time. I feel like I’m doing something so big with my life now because I am starting to support myself.” After she finishes the program, Mia wants to move to California where her daughter lives.

“I want to be her mom again,” she added. “I lost custody of her when I was in my addiction and now, I want to be there for her.”

For those who are facing the same struggles Mia faced, she wants them to know that they are not alone.

“I’ve been there, and I can understand what they’re going through. Recovery works if you just take it one day at a time. Things do get better. Your life can change, and you can have the life you want. Since I have been at Harbor Light, my life is already more than I ever thought possible. Give recovery a chance.”  

Mia loves to tell people how grateful she is for The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center. “I really feel like I can trust the staff and speak freely about what’s weighing on my mind and my heart. Having people I can trust has made all the difference. I cannot say enough good things about Harbor Light. I would sing their praises from the rooftop!” 

When you support The Salvation Army, you are helping men and women at the Harbor Light Center reclaim their lives and reconnect with their loved ones and community. For moms like Mia, that support means the world. Thank you.


The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center is celebrating 20 years of recovery on September 30, 2021. The public is invited to this event, which is being held at the Indiana War Memorial at 55 E. Michigan Street in Indianapolis. An open house with free donuts, coffee, and visitation with staff and vendors, will take place from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. A program featuring remarkable first-hand accounts of recovery will take place in the Pershing Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in staying afterward for a dinner and guided tour of the museum can purchase VIP tickets for $45 by clicking the button below. Donations can also be made to support the event by clicking the "Make Donation" button below. All proceeds go back to the Harbor Light Center to support its addiction treatment programs.

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