Ariel’s aunt agreed to allow Ariel and her mother to live with her on one condition: Ariel’s mom got the help she needed. Her mother agreed, and Ariel finally felt that she had found a peace. She moved into her aunt’s home, and her mother began a rehabilitation program.
Over the next several years, Ariel’s mother completed her rehabilitation program and vowed to make a better life for her daughter. She met a kind, loving man with a stable job and house in a safe neighborhood, and they got married. Ariel was so happy that she could hardly believe it. She finally had the family life she had always longed for, and a father figure who cared about her.
But after a year of living with her stepfather, he was killed in a car accident. With the devastating news, Ariel’s mother relapsed and turned to drugs. Ariel was heartbroken. She stopped going to school. She stopped leaving the house. But eventually, with her aunt’s help and guidance, she found her way to Mercy Home, where she found the stability, hope, and healing she needed to recover from the loss.