Hairston’s cousin, who was on the streets with her, found her way out of the lifestyle with God’s help. She then made it her mission to rescue Janet.
“She would come find me wherever I was every Saturday and take me to church. Sometimes I’d hide from her, but she was relentless in her pursuit of my freedom,” Hairston adds.
On New Year’s Eve 2003, Hairston was in church when the pastor prayed for people with addictions. It made an impact. “I went home with plans to consume a 12-pack and do my drugs. But I couldn’t do it. Soon after, I stopped altogether.”
Finding her place included continuing her education. “I always dreaded school, and I was not prepared for college,” Hairston says. “But once I decided to go back to school, TCC was there, helping me ramp up to the college level. There were good days and bad days, and I cried a lot because it was so hard.”