A Boise photographer gives back on Mother's Day
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Healing and hope. That's how some Boise moms describe this Mother's Day as they get a second chance at motherhood. And it's all captured through the lens of a local photographer who wants them to remember this day forever.
Crystal hit rock bottom, locked up behind bars addicted to meth. "I just struggled for years and lost the kids. I walked away from them," says Crystal. She prayed the Boise Rescue Mission could give her a fresh start, as a mom. When talking about her children Crystal says, "they both know Mommy made a mistake and this is what we're doing to fix it. It was a lot easier to mend that then I thought. God really blessed us. City light really helped." One year later, Crystal just graduated from the program and is ready to spend her first independent Mother's Day.
Already the young mother of a toddler, Traci found herself unemployed, homeless and pregnant again. She entered City Light hoping to heal her family. Traci says, "I almost cry sometimes when they bring me dandelions. It just repairs a hurt part in my soul."
Seeing smiles emerge from dark stories is why Gina Radovcich donates her talent to the mission mothers. "I just feel very strongly about how the mission keeps these families together. It's so important to me as a mom. I can't imagine loosing my children," says Gina. Her photographs become their Mother's Day gifts and hers. Gina says, "this blesses me more than I can say."
In photos, pasts fade away and the future shines through. It's the ultimate present for a mother on their day and every day.
Right now city light has 12 women and 11 children in the program, including Traci and her daughters. Crystal now plans to persue her dream of becoming a drug and alcohol counselor.