Inspired woman opens homeless shelter for women and children, serves Wright and five other counties

Mya Morgan, a “Little Disciple” at Samuel Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove, along with the help of the congregation, made a $5,000 contribution to the Lotus Community Project recently.

Life was not easy for Ashley Vaala when she was growing up. She was raised by addict parents, used with them, and by the time she was 15 was cooking meth with her “friends.” She herself became an addict, and eventually went to federal prison for fi ve years.

“Prison was the best thing for me,” admitted Vaala open and honestly. “I met some great women while I was there that inspired me to make plans for the future when I got out.”

And that’s exactly what she did. Experiencing what she had at such an early age, Vaala became determined to help others going through hard times.

“At first, I thought I wanted to be a substance abuse counselor,” she said.

Unfortunately, she found that much of her time was tied up with paperwork and red tape. She felt like she wasn’t making the impact she had hoped. “I wanted to do more working directly with the people,” she said.

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