Instead, Cindy went on to work in religious education. She was working with her husband, the coordinator of youth ministry, when another kind of calling came.
It was from Jill Kingston, a longtime friend from church who was setting up Brigid’s Path. “I wanted to see where your heart is,” Jill said. Cindy was on Brigid’s Path board of directors in its earliest days, but had stepped aside to work with her husband. But the right time had finally come.
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It was a privilege to be with the dying, Cindy says. Now it’s her privilege to help set young lives on the right path. That includes helping the babies’ mothers, who struggle with opioid addiction.
“These moms will come to us, and you know most of them will have been saddened that this is the way it is,” Cindy says. But faith pushes them toward the future, not the past.
“We just have to look forward and do the best we can now,” she says. “Not only for their babies, but for themselves. And see how they can be the best in this world for themselves, their families and for God.”
About this story
Rare Heartland Editor Gayle S. Putrich and Video Producer Allie Caren traveled to Ohio and West Virginia to visit the only two neonatal abstinence syndrome clinics in the United States. They listened to those whose lives have been affected by the nationwide opioid epidemic and learned how families and communities are coming together to aid the most helpless victims of the crisis.