Moses House: Helping in the Face of Adversity

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville)— Life can be a struggle for us all. At times, all of the problems of the world seem to weigh us down to the point that we can’t do it alone. Thankfully, there are people and organizations in this world that are there to help. In the High Desert, Moses House Ministries is one of those organizations.

I was given the opportunity to speak with one of the young ladies Moses House Ministries has helped in a huge way, as well as with the founders of the organization, Judy and Dennis Morris. Tina Rodriguez, 30 years old, is a resident of the High Desert and mother of four. She came to Moses House a little over three years ago, but in that short amount of time, she has changed her entire life.

“I’m from Long Beach and raised here in Victorville. I came to Moses House because I needed help. I have four kids; I’m a single mother with no help from their dads. My mom is actually the one that told me to come here and see what its all about, thankfully I listened,” Tina explained, as she radiated confidence and positivity as she told her story of tragedy and triumph.

Tina gave some insight into how she was three years ago, and it was a far cry from the woman who sat across from me the day of the interview. “Three years ago, she was a totally different person,” Dennis Morris added, as he showed visibly how proud he was of this young lady. “Swear words were a part of her everyday vocabulary, as was defiance to anyone.”

Tina added that no matter what anyone said to her when she first joined Moses House, she would do the opposite just to be defiant.

During the time she was going to Moses House for their assistance, Tina suffered a terrible loss. Her daughter passed away at just 1 ½ years old, and shortly after that her children were taken away from her. Tina explained the dark thoughts that filled her head during that unbearable time, and how it was thinking of her children that help her overcome those thoughts. “She’s home now, in heaven,” Tina said with a smile when thinking of her daughter.

“What got me through it, and is still getting me through it, is Moses House. The love you guys give, the support, the confidence, they helped me so much. The love they give here is priceless,” Tina added, as both Judy and Dennis looked on, with smiles of admiration of their faces.

Tina now attends church four times a week, and is working part time. With the assistance of the Case Manager at Moses House, she is now looking to join an ROP program to start her journey down the path of becoming a Registered Nurse. With a positive outlook and the means to achieve her goals, she is well on her way to a positive new career. “I’m glad that we were able to be a part of it, and the strength that she has now. It will be really fun to see what God has in store for her,” Judy Morris added in closing to a very emotional interview.

Moses House Ministries has been serving the High Desert for the past 15 years. Located in Victorville, they offer single mothers that are either pregnant or have children under six years old a wide array of services. Services include one to one case management, transportation, parenting training, support groups, an incentive thrift store, job skills training and more. For more information on Moses House, find them online at www.moseshouse.org or call them directly at (760) 955-1895.

1 comment for “Moses House: Helping in the Face of Adversity

  1. February 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Moses House Ministries value to this Valley is priceless and we should all continue to help with our block grant programs.

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