Giving back to the Lovelady Center

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369262135&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4068209&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369262135 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Lovelady Center is a ministry that helps women overcome addiction and other tragic pasts.

The women are then given assistance to re-enter the community as healthier, stronger citizens.

“It gave me the tools that I needed to make correct decisions in my life where I wasn’t doing that before,” Amy Cate, who participated in the ministry, said. “I’m five years clean.”

Cate’s life was spiraling out of control when she entered the Lovelady Center in 2008.

She entered the center because she was addicted to prescription drugs.

And yet, while her story could have been much different, now she boasts a courageous story of triumph over addiction, which helped lead her to a healthy lifestyle and a wonderful marriage.

“Whether it’s decisions about what I do in my home, my business or with my marriage, I still pull from the stuff I learned [at Lovelady Center] on a daily basis,” Cate said.

That’s why she wanted to give back to the center.

She and her husband, Mark, traveled from their home in Las Vegas, where they own a car repair shop, to offer services to the ministry’s fleet.

“He’s been working for three days now  — fixing all the vans and getting air conditioning in the vans for the girls,” Cate said.

The servitude is something Cate has wanted to do for years, as a way to thank the Lovelady Center and its staff for all they did for her.

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