From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope

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A Cocktail for Disaster

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I walked into my formative teen years with several "issues." I was clueless they were issues so had no way to deal with them, nor was I mature enough to find help for the issues I didn't know existed.

Does that make sense? How many young people today are in that same boat? We look at these young people from an adult perspective and can quicly identify that they are "troubled."  Maybe we need to look at them and realize that although WE know they are troubled, they don't, and if they do know that "something's not right," few know where to turn for help.

Here is a list of the issues I had accumulated by the age of eighteen and wore inside my being:

  • Obesity driven by an eating disorder;
  • Low self-esteem resulting in self-image problems;
  • Little self-value - therefore looking to men to validate me as a person;
  • Co-dependent;
  • Being uncomfortable in my own skin;
  • Hating what I saw in the mirror and felt within, therefore using food, drugs, men to mask my emotions;
  • Feeling different, like I didn't belong anywhere and desperately searching (in all the wrong places) to fit in (somewhere, anywhere).

A DEFINITE COCKTAIL FOR DISASTER!

By the age of twenty I wanted to die. The consequences of my bad choices enveloped me and I could no longer live under the weight.

Whose job was it to help me? Could "they" have helped? How could they have helped back in the 60s and 70s when so many young people were looking for the hippie generation of free love and communal living to heal their souls? How can we help this newest generation of young people who are using sex, drugs, alcohol, video games to mask reality?

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?

COULD YOU HAVE HELPED ME?

HOW?

HOW CAN YOU HELP TODAY'S LOST YOUTH?

I'd love to hear from you. I've started compiling a "Resource" list on my website, www.lindabellorouiz.com, and welcome links that you know of.

Blessings,  Linda

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Award-winning author, Linda Bello-Ruiz, was born and raised in Redwood Valley, a small grape growing community in Northern California. Linda co-founded and directed the House of Hope—the first safe-haven for street girls, runaways, and sex-trafficked minors in Costa Rica. She was a twenty-three-year-old college dropout when she took on the project, and relied on her faith and determination which was much bigger than her curriculum vitae.


After her return to the United States in 1976, she went back to college and earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Ms. Bello-Ruiz worked in the vocational rehabilitation field as a bilingual counselor for twenty-six-years, and as a vocational forensic expert on disability for five of those years.


Linda is president of The Authors Resource Group and Faith Writers of SCLH, a member of Inspire Christian Writers and Destiny Church, and is an active member of the Northern California Publishers and Authors group and the United for Barra Association in Mexico, and an Ambassador for Courage Worldwide.


Ms. Bello-Ruiz speaks to clubs and organizations on her experiences in moving beyond despair into hope—advocating for groups whose mission is to combat sex trafficking and provide a safe haven for girls rescued from the sex trade.


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