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Mavis’ Story – The Early Years (Episode 1 of 9)

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

Following is Mavis’ story (not her real name), one of courage and determination in the face of overwhelming obstacles and challenges.

You can hear Mavis tell her story on Family Radio CHRI 99.1 FM, each week day just after station identification at 8 am and 5 pm.

Parts of her story are messy, and always real, as is the wonderful lady who will find a special place in your heart.

When I asked Mavis to share her earliest memory, she asked me, “Good memory or bad memory?” I said “Whatever comes to mind” and so she began:

My father was a stereotypical drunk and very strict. I never did anything right. No matter what I did it was never enough. If I left my sweater on the couch, he would yell at me.

He hit me – with his hand or an oversized wooden spatula. I remember one time he beat me over the head with a beer bottle. He held the bottle by the neck and ended up breaking the bottle on my head.

The beatings continued from this my earliest memory, until I was 8, when my mom and dad got divorced.

Life on the street is hard, but not as hard as some ‘homes’.

At OIM, we are taking steps to change this – one person at a time.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Mavis’ story, coming soon.

Thanks so much for your prayers and support that allow us to continue to reach out to young people just like Mavis.

Merry Christmas

~Ken – Executive Director

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