Appreciates courage

To the editor:

I was grateful to read the story of Ashley Vaala’s heart-wrenching journey through the cycle of dependency and homelessness (Back from the Bottom, Messenger (4/22/18). I am mindful of how brave this young woman is to share the depths of her brokenness and despair and her struggle to rise to productivity and contribution. She has lived in many Iowa communities through her journey. How blessed we are to have her choose Fort Dodge as a place to make a difference. Thank you, Ashley: for your courageous story to remind us that the least of these are among us and for coming back to Fort Dodge. Your mother would be very proud of you.

Diane Pratt

Fort Dodge