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EMPTY STOCKING: Westside Cares changes lives

ELLIE COLE Updated: December 26, 2012 at 12:00 am

This is one of a series of stories about the 15 nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking campaign that runs through the holidays.

Rejeana Sebek has been going to Westside CARES since she was 19, and she said it has helped her change in many positive ways.

Sebek, now 27, left her home at a young age because, she said, she had a drinking problem and was homeless for seven years. It was the people at Westside CARES, she said, who motivated her to turn her life around.

“Dorothy and the people of Westside CARES are such blessings,” she said. “They’re the only people who have really stuck by me.

According to its website, Westside CARES is a nonprofit partnership of 21 churches who work to provide services to those in need on the west side of Colorado Springs.

“I think it’s very important in the community,” Sebek said.

She said that agency has not only helped her with the food, bus tickets and supplies, but it has also helped her fight her drinking.

“I don’t even have an urge to drink anymore, Sebek said”

Sebek, who has three boys, said she has been sober for a year. She has been off the streets since May 2011 and is living in a motel where she also works. She still sometimes will go to Westside CARES for food or support.

“They’ve seen me come out of nothing,” she said.

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