The Best is Yet to Come


Gloria was tightly bound by the grasp of hopelessness and felt as though she simply had nowhere to turn. For years, she had been desperately seeking stability in all the wrong places. She was in a relationship that was both physically and emotionally damaging, but the uncertainty of leaving felt more paralyzing than continuing to endure the abuse she had become accustomed to. She could see that her relationship was beginning to take an emotional toll on her, but when she realized that it also threatened the safety of her three young children, she knew that something had to change.

With all the bravery and strength she could muster up, Gloria packed their bags. That evening, she, Richie, Justice, and Raven slipped away to find temporary refuge at a family member’s house. This new home was a reprieve from the toxic environment they’d been living in, but Gloria still struggled to cut ties with her ex and continued to live in fear. As they bounced around from one home to the next, Gloria knew that her kids needed the stability of a safe, loving environment. But she just wasn’t sure how she could provide that for them. As a newly single mom of three, her finances and resources were extremely limited. A few months later, after a warning from Child Protective Services, Gloria decided that enough was enough. She had to get help.

“I was tired of being afraid, unsure of our future, and watching my kids struggle and be tossed with the wind as the result of us not having anywhere more permanent to go,” she said. After learning about the Family Care program at Texas Baptist Children’s Home, she knew that this was where they needed to be. She began praying that the Lord would open that door for her family and waited for a phone call from TBCH. When the phone call finally came, Gloria was elated! She knew this could be the turning point for her and her family.

After their acceptance into the program, Gloria, Richie, Justice, and Raven arrived at TBCH anxious, but ready to begin the next chapter of their lives. When they set foot on the campus in Round Rock, they never could have imagined the grace, love, and healing that they would encounter. The kids adjusted to their new environment almost immediately and made fast friends with the other children in the Family Care program. To hear them laughing and playing put Gloria’s heart at ease.

Gloria was warmly embraced by her Family Life Coordinator, who lived in the cottage with her and two other families, and taught her how to balance work, finances, and all the responsibilities of being a single mom. Gloria’s counselor helped her begin healing from the difficulties of her past, which was initially a struggle. She had a hard time letting go of many of the things that were holding her back, but she was committed to creating a better life for her and her children. Through regular counseling sessions, Gloria began to see that she could trust the Lord with both her past and her future. “The weekly counseling has offered healing and an opportunity to look within myself to see what is broken, and given me tools to work on those things,” she said. Additionally, she was deeply involved with Southern Hills Baptist Church and has developed a wonderful, supportive community of friends who walked closely with her through this season of growth and new beginnings.

During her time at TBCH, Gloria maintained a full-time job and regained much of the confidence that was lost in the years of abuse she endured. She learned to manage a budget for a family of four and became disciplined in saving money for a rainy day. Overcoming many of the fears that once held her captive breathed life into her once weary soul - and she even conquered one of those fears by flying on an airplane for the first time!

In Loving Memory

Gloria Shavontal George

08/05/1978 - 09/14/2023