PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Rachel Delmas is counting her blessings.
Delmas says she's blessed to have people who cared enough to help her perspective and thinking after her daughter was placed in foster care.
"I was pretty much at my wits end. I ended up calling the police department and asking them where I could go for some assistance. I knew my life had to change," said Delmas. "My child was due out for adoption four months prior to me coming, but God was already working that out. I'm learning to be the mother that God intended me to be all along."
Delmas works at Arukah House, A Pascagoula thrift store that doubles as a faith-based ministry that seeks to help people dealing with issues like addiction, homelessness, and child welfare concerns. During her recovery, Delmas was able to live in free housing provided by the ministry.
Arukah uses profit from the store to fund its programs including counseling, Bible study and other services that help to build healthier, stronger families.
"When they come in, it's really hard because they're humiliated. Every door is closed to them. But when they come in...we introduce them to a relationship with the Lord," Arukah House Ministries Director.
Thompson says the jobs Arukah House teaches participants job skills.
"As they get grounded in their new life and in their new walk, that opens doors to get them better jobs out in the world," said Thompson.
Miranda Rinehart expects to regain custody of her daughter from foster care soon, and has advice for people still sorting out how to get off of a destructive path.
"Don't give up hope....God has a plan and purpose for everything that happens," said Rinehart. "It all works out for the good like the word says, and not to give up because He'll send somebody their way eventually."
Arukah House will hold an official grand opening at its Market Street thrift store on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. There will be food, raffles, and a praise and worship band.