Winner of our 2005 Honda CRV SUV - Meet Kristine C.

Single Mothers in RecoveryCar GiveawayRecovery Story

Jim Chaney on January 15, 2021 at 9:35 AM

Last month we asked single mothers in recovery to tell us their story to be considered to win a 2005 Honda CRV that was donated anonymously. 

It was great hearing the stories of recovery from single mothers in the community but unfortunately we only had one car to give away. Ultimately Kristine C. was chosen as our winner for last month's giveaway.

Meet our winner - Kristine C.! This is her story -

How she began her journey to recovery

"My life spun out of control when my husband said he wanted a divorce and forced me to leave our home. I ended up staying with a co-worker because I had nowhere else to go. I, regrettably, turned to drugs, offered by the person I was staying with, to cope with the emotional turmoil that the break down of my marriage/family caused. This coworker and I fell headfirst into addiction before we even realized what was happening. This is a very long story, but to make it short, in the last week of August 2019, I totaled my car in an accident on my way home from dropping my daughter off at school. I broke my collarbone in the accident and need surgery to put a plate & pins in it. 2 days later, my coworker and very good friend died of an overdose. At that point, I had been clean for 3 months and was trying to get him off of drugs too. But, because he was obviously still using, the day after he died my family called CPS and they took my girls."

How she stayed clean but struggled during COVID-19

"I worked hard, staying clean, taking the classes, going to groups & counseling, getting a job and a house, jumping through all of the hoops and was finally successful in getting my daughters back home with me in our new house on Nov 20 2020. We are so happy to be together again! Unfortunately, it's a tough situation. I was a stay at home mom for 17yrs. I have little to no work experience, so I have to start at the bottom and work my way up. I was laid off from my job because of Covid so now, while I am searching for another job that will allow me the flexibility I need to accommodate the kids schedules and be there for them when they need me, we are struggling to survive on $160 a week from unemployment. The most important thing is that I am clean."

"I have come SO FAR in building a good & happy life for my daughters and I, but it is tough, and it takes a lot of time. My girls & I have been through so much in the past year or so, but we are strong and we are persevering together, but boy do we NEED this!! I can't even explain what a positive impact it would have for us, that would last and carry us through for a long time! I am so proud of my 18 months of sobriety, life is so much better this way, and I will never stop fighting to stay clean, healthy, and happy! Thank you for reading my story and for considering me for such an awesome gift!"

Are you a single mother in recovery in need of a car?

We will be doing another car giveaway soon, check back on our website for updates.


Chrissy S

Kristine--you have an incredibly hopeful and inspiring story. You should be SO PROUD of your hard work and determination. More importantly, you have become such an amazing role model for your children to show them how to overcome major hurdles and obstacles in life. Good for you and your perseverance. It is certain you will continue to face hardships and times of stress; but don't EVER lose sight of your goals, hopes, and dreams. You have worked too hard and have come too far to every give up--keep getting it, girl!!!

426 days ago

Angela T

Keep up the amazing work your story just inspired me that there is hope and gaining custody of my children is possible with hard work. Staying sober and working a program is tons of work expeirence in it self. Congrats on working so hard to get your family back together!

503 days ago