Walterscheid was born and reared in New Mexico. After graduating high school, she moved to California, but later returned home after getting pregnant with her daughter.
She bounced around between Arizona, Idaho and New Mexico before marrying her ex-husband when her daughter was 5 years old. The relationship became abusive soon after.
“That is what led me down the road of drugs and addiction and selling drugs,” she says.
Walterscheid escaped her abusive relationship after heading to a domestic violence shelter. She moved to Texas to get away from her ex, but went to prison in November 2018 for possession.
Walterscheid’s oldest daughter looked after her young sons, who are now 7 and 10 years old, during her 1.5-year sentence.
“They struggled,” she says. “They went through homelessness a couple times when I was in prison.”
Walterscheid was released April 1 last year. She found out about Exodus, but had difficulties getting hold of anyone at the start of the pandemic.
“A couple of months later, I ended up in (another) domestic violence shelter,” she says. “My ex-husband found us.”
Walterscheid reached out to Exodus again. This time, she got an interview.
Exodus typically only accepts women right out of prison, but after hearing her story, she says they made an exception.
It only took a few months for Walterscheid to start acclimating to her new life with her two boys.
“At first, it was really hard,” she says. “There’s a lot of rules and it’s kind of overwhelming, but it’s been a very positive impact on my life.”
After getting her boys to school each morning, Walterscheid then heads to work at Well Grounded Coffee.
Like Espinosa, Walterscheid says coffee shop co-founder Huscheck is “more than just a boss.”
“They ask us our ideas, they actually listen to what we have to say,” she says. “We have room to move up from being a trainee to becoming a barista to becoming a supervisor. They are willing to help us open our own store eventually.”
Halfway through her time at Exodus, Walterscheid noticed a change in her personal growth.
“One of the things that I’ve noticed about myself in taking these classes is how important I am and how important (the kids) are and how important it is to put my family’s needs first,” she says.
Walterscheid is no longer rushing toward the finish line as she did before.
“Everything is in God’s time,” she says. “Whatever I’m going through, I may not see it’s leading me to the outcome I want, but I just got to sit through it. It’s leading me to the outcome I want.”
Walterscheid graduates from Exodus this July. A few of her goals in the next chapter include becoming financially independent, finding a stable job and getting a car and home.
Within herself, Walterscheid aims to continue her strong relationship with her faith.
“When you start dealing with the real world, paying your bills and working every day and having kids, it’s so easy to fall away and get sidetracked,” she says. “Having a strong relationship with God brings peace of mind. I’m a better mom when I’m not worried and stressed out. I see what happened to myself when I fell away completely from God, and I don’t ever want to go back there.”
The mom of three plans to continue working at Well Grounded Coffee and go back to school to get a massage therapy license.
“Never let your past define you,” she says. “No matter what you’ve done, no matter who you’ve hurt. It’s never too late to rebuild a relationship. Never feel like you’re not worthy or good enough to have better and want more.”