Battling with her own demons, Stephanie M. Raglin didn’t think she was fit to live based on where she’d been, what she’d done and what she’d been taught in the church. But through God’s grace, she found hope, healing and recovery at a rehab and therapy center in Louisville, Ky. Today, she serves as the Director of Programs at the Hope Center and is in her fourth charge at Embry Chapel AME Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.
As she worked through her rehab, she continued to build her relationship with God. Before she knew about God, but she started developing a rich prayer life, listening and learning to be in His presence.
“The first thing I had to do was identify who God was for me,” she said. “God can be anything that I need him to be at any given time. God is a triune God and because of that, God is all about relationship.”
She became a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (2008), and in 2002 moved to Lexington to work at the Hope Center as a night monitor. With an interest to learn everything she could, she quickly advanced within the organization to become assistant director.
Stephanie works with the men’s and women’s recovery programs, as well as the Detention Center Recovery Program, working to make sure that each client receives the best possible care.
“To watch the men and women come into the program beat up and beaten down, without a shot of hope and then to watch their lives transform over time [is very rewarding,]” she said.
Stephanie calls the women she works with roses, likening their transformation to a flower that receives the tending and care it needs. When the girls arrive, the ground of their lives is hard and brittle. But after time and care, the new branches come forth.
One young woman entered the program knowing about God, but because of trauma in her life was completely broken, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Through teaching, time and healing, this woman came to the realization that the God she knew today was different than the God she’d been taught about.