A year and a half ago, Dottie Simmons was a homeless drug-addict and prostitute. Today, she is living completely for God and has had her life restored and redeemed by the Holy Sprit, after graduating from the CityReach Women’s Home in Pittsburgh.
Dottie grew up in Texas, but moved to Ohio when she was 11 years old. At 11, Dottie was molested by a family friend. When she was 14 years old, someone very close to Dottie introduced her to methamphetamine, which quickly led to her taking ecstasy, cocaine, and anything else she could get her hands on.
At 17, Dottie got pregnant, and her parents kicked her out of their house. “I knew that I needed help, but I had no friends left. I was strung out,” she says.
Dottie went to rehab for four months, and then convinced her parents that she was better. “I did good until I had my son,” she says. After her son was born, Dottie got into an abusive relationship. She got pregnant again and had his child.
In 2008, Dottie’s abusive boyfriend fractured her ribs and broke her jaw. He went to jail for grand theft auto charges. Now, Dottie had two children, with neither father around. She fell heavily into drugs and began prostituting herself to provide for her family and her habit.
Dottie and her boys moved from a homeless shelter to an apartment and then to the streets. “I was living on the streets, behind a dumpster, dragging my kids around with me,” she says.
She decided it was time to get help again, so she went to a rehab that allowed her to bring her children. After getting out of the rehab, Dottie gave up the heavy drugs, but kept smoking weed and prostituting. “It was the only way I knew how to make money,” she says.
Then, someone introduced Dottie to bath salts. “At this point in my addiction, I had lost everything; my kids, my apartment, and my hope. I lived for the drug.” Dottie started doing heroin as well and was in and out of jail 11 different times.
In August of 2014, Dottie was so desperate that she called her sister and said, “If you know of a recovery home, I’ll go.” Dottie’s sister agreed to help.
On August 6, 2014, Dottie arrived at the CityReach Women’s Hope Home in Pittsburgh. She was high when she arrived, weighed only around 95 pounds and was very sick.