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"Where do you go when there's nowhere to go?"

From the May 1996 issue of The Christian Science Journal

You might think there's nothing to learn from Chris Kitch about turning around a bad life, if you looked at the way things used to be. Decades of living on sidewalks and in back alleys; alcoholic; drug addict; three children; found unfit to be a mother; her children taken from her; shoplifting; time in prison; back on the streets.

But all that ended eight years ago. These days you might catch Chris at Oxford Brookes University in England, where she is pursuing an MA degree. She recently received a BA, with honors, from North London University. She is enthusiastic about her new direction, saying, "I want to develop to the point of brilliance if it's possible." "From the Gutters of London to the Halls of Oxford," The Christian Science Monitor, December 27, 1995 .

So how do you go from a life of troubles and failure to a life filled with accomplishments and promise? How do you turn your life around when things have been so bad? Where do you find help? What if it seems that everything is such a mess, you're beyond being able to change the old life; you're at the point of needing a whole new life!

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