“God told me that my life was not just going to be a tragedy, it was going to be a testimony.” As Brandy Hamilton shares her story and helps other women every day, she has transformed tragedy into her testimony.
Brandy grew up in Portland, Oregon with an alcoholic mother and step-father. There was domestic violence in their home, so she would often run away. She was sexually assaulted four times as a child. With the start she had, it is no surprise that Brandy’s life collapsed from there.
Brandy tried her first drug at the age of 8 when her babysitter gave her marijuana. She used smoking as a coping mechanism. At 12 years old, she was approached by a pimp, who told her that he would help, and she would have somewhere to go. This incident began a 2-year period of prostitution, some of which took place in Seattle during the time of the Green River Killer. “God had a different plan,” said Brandy.
We are the oldest operating low-barrier shelter in San Joaquin County for over 83 years!
We are the oldest operating low-barrier shelter in San Joaquin County for over 82 years!
The Gospel Center Rescue Mission, Inc. is a ministry to the people of San Joaquin County where the homeless and addicted in our community are presented the opportunity for spiritual, physical, emotional restoration and equitable inclusion through the love of Jesus Christ.