A once troubled Texas native has a true home in Marion after turning her life around from drugs, and becoming a beacon for others. Born in Bryan, TX, Natalie Broyles faced an impoverished upbringing. Her father died when she was 9. She remembered not having electricity or running water. Natalie’s mother worked hard, but due to struggles, she was taken in by her grandmother. Tired of her life, Natalie ran away at age 16, aimlessly finding Grant County, Indiana. Not knowing any other lifestyle, she was drinking and using drugs at a young age which quickly got her into trouble. She was in and out of jail into her 30s. Resting her head in friends’ homes, in jail, even under trees, Natalie never had a home. In 2018, her then boyfriend, Sean Broyles, was also struggling with addiction and checked into the Grant County Rescue Mission. Meanwhile, Natalie was again arrested. Sean sent her a letter saying he had been saved through the Rescue Mission, and she should do the same when she was released. During a high-risk probation, Natalie made the most difficult choice of her life on July 7th, 2018. She walked into Open Heart Women’s Shelter wearing the same clothes she was arrested in months prior, and was terrified. But, with welcoming arms of the GCRM family, and Sean being there, she knew it was meant to be.
“I didn’t know how big of a change it was going to bring to my life. I didn’t know He was going to set me up to be happy and completely sober. At that time, I could have walked five blocks to get drunk.”
Natalie was given new clothes, shampoo, and a loving home. What one would take for granted were things she didn’t have. Natalie cried for a week, feeling undeserving and overwhelmed. She began a GCRM life-change program. After going to Chapel many mornings feeling unworthy, Natalie was given resonating words from the Bible that God had already forgiven her, she is His child, and no sin is greater than the other.
She began working in the Mission’s thrift store. “I started to feel purposeful. Miss Kay would say, ‘This is you working for a roof over your head.’” She started to realize she was helping others. Natalie is now a thrift team leader. She ministers to women who come in as well as volunteers. She also helps with all GCRM events, and is active at Center Chapel United Methodist Church helping cook meals for residents of Open Heart.
Her relationships are being restored with her mother living with her and Sean, her now husband, and 3 boys…in their own home. Natalie is faithful that the relationship with her 4th boy will be restored in time.
“God can see you through anything. Fall to your knees and He will scoop you up. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be alive.”
The GCRM team sees Natalie as a Champion and an overall spectacular human being.
“She gives 110% to those around her, and will sacrifice her needs to help others. She is a protector of young people, and would give her coat or her dinner to a stranger.” – Rick Berbereia, Executive Director, GCRM
“Natalie is a ray of sunshine, a giving heart when anyone is in need, a hope giver to the hurting, and makes others smile and laugh which reminds us that the Joy of the Lord is powerful medicine to our soul.” — Debbie Berbereia, Director of Thrift Operations, GCRM