blink of an eyeOn December 17, 2010, my life was changed dramatically.  In the blink of an eye, my beautiful 16 year old daughter, Rayna Nicole Guzman, was tragically killed in a car accident on 51st and Coulter the first day of Christmas break.  That day is a day that is forever embedded in my heart, a day that forever changed my family’s life.  Before Hope & Healing, I felt lost, I felt like I was alone.  I isolated myself and I felt like an outcast, because I thought no one had experienced what I had, the loss of a child.  This has been the hardest experience of my life and I truly believe without the help of Hope & Healing I would not be here today.

I first learned of Hope & Healing through a counselor I had been seeing at NWTH.  I realized that in order for me and my children to get thru everyday life that we needed help and the name of Hope & Healing gave me hope that we could be healed as a family.

From the moment we walked in, I felt at home and loved and I knew that we weren’t alone.  I realized through the people I met there, that they were families from all over the Panhandle who were going through a similar situation as mine.  In the 2 months we have been going, I have noticed positive changes in mine and my sons’ lives.  We are learning, as a family, that life does go on and it is natural for us to mourn.  We have realized that it is okay to be happy, for us to smile and laugh, and for us to plan for our future.  I truly believe our changes were because of Roy and all the wonderful counselors at Hope & Healing and all the families we have met on our journey.

I would personally like to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me, Gerardo and Gabriel into your hearts with open arms.  Thank you for all the time you have given my family and to other families in need.  You are truly miracle workers and a blessing from God.

Thank you,
Melissa Guzman