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The Flavor of Freedom

Freedom Is ….

What does “freedom” mean to you? We asked a few of our Freedom a la Cart sisters what the word “freedom” means to them. Their responses will inspire you. Read on. Live free!

 

Freedom is having a new beginning. It is about making choices without having any regrets. It is about being compassionate and light-hearted. It helps me to be able to care for others selflessly.

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Freedom is being in the light. Freedom is love and the courage it takes to hold your head up high. It is about putting down all the excess weight you carry from your past. I have learned to let go of what I cannot control. Thank God I am free!

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Freedom is a new way of life. Freedom is about being able to experience new things, taking positive risks, and having new opportunities. Freedom means to me that I am able to make choices and be a productive member of society.

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Freedom is about living in a life of peace, joy, and serenity. It is about being able to make good decisions. It is about having a piece of mind in the midst of chaos. It is about being surrounded by positive people. It is knowing that I can do what I set my mind to do without getting high. I love where I am going and that makes me feel pretty amazing!

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Freedom to me is about a new amazing life with good goals. It is a new way to live, a new way to think, and to involve new people in my life. Freedom means that I am free from the chains that were holding me down.

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Freedom is about being free from drugs and alcohol. It has freed me from being a prostitute. Freedom has given me a new way of life.

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Freedom for me is a way to live without worries of paying bills, having my kids, and wondering if what I say is correct. It helps me to not be afraid to say what I feel. It allows me to not second guess if I am doing things the right way.

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Freedom is about feeling accepted. It’s about letting go and letting God lead me towards freedom.

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Freedom is allowing myself to explore different thinking.

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Freedom is surrendering my old behaviors, habits, thinking process, and myself. I want to change things for the better.

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Freedom is being able to praise my God and not to be ashamed of worshiping my Lord.

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Freedom [a la Cart] is helping me learn what having a job really means. Freedom helps me pay my bills, and be more independent. Freedom helps me surround myself with loving and caring people that support me.

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Freedom allows me to have a peace of mind. It is a new way of life that provides a loving environment that has taught me a lot of different living skills.

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Freedom is about serenity and peace. It is about not having to do things I do not want to. It is about having choices.

Freedom Cafe at Northside Branch

Drum roll please …

Freedom a la Cart is stepping out into our first mini café. That’s right! We’re increasing our footprint in Columbus. Fans of Freedom will soon be able to visit us at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s new Northside Branch.

The sleek, glass-front Northside Branch is not the library of the bygone days. The exciting space feels more like a modern community center with light infused work stations, large gathering areas, meeting spaces, reading rooms, and plenty of public computers. The setting screams for a bold cup of joe and fresh-baked pastry. It’s the perfect place to introduce a Freedom a la Cart mini café and we are overjoyed and honored to be partnering with the Friends of the Library in this new venture.

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April — At Home with Freedom

I grew up in poverty, living in the Bottoms on the Westside of Columbus. Both my mother and step-dad were alcoholics and addicts. The smell of marijuana and empty beer bottles on the table was the norm in my home. I can’t remember ever having a real schedule in my home; it was very dysfunctional and unpredictable. Education was one of the many fatalities of this war of life I lived. I got into drugs at an early age, and my mother signed papers for me to drop out of school. I guess you could say my upbringing was training for the life of human trafficking that would eventually choose me for its dirty deeds. I was a young girl with no true direction in my life, with no positive role models to help me find my way. Looking back, I see what my human traffickers must have seen when they coerced me into that life – easy prey.

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Finding Freedom + Dreams for the Future: Stephanie’s Story

At Freedom a la Cart we are inspired every day by our employees. It’s a privilege to be a part of their journeys of healing, independence and self-sufficiency. Stephanie, a CATCH Court graduate and Freedom employee, has graciously volunteered to share a little bit about her experiences as a survivor of human trafficking and her work with Freedom. Here is her story:

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