God's Teardrop is one woman's story of heaven's response to a world filled with: racism, sexism, bullies, oppression, shame, guilt, and addiction. This is the life journey of a survivor who cried out from the depth of her soul. Dellenna Harper takes the reader through the darkness of addiction and prostitution, to the challenges of recovery and the incredible resilience of the human spirt. What Dellenna shares is honest and inspirational and provides a pathway that others may follow. People struggling with addiction, people in recovery, families affected by addiction will all find hope by following Dellenna's transformation.
One reviewer wrote: "Dellenna's gripping story is a must-read for parents and friends trying to understand and deal with their addicted loved ones. Not only does she explain how self-hatred, guilt, and shame lead an addicted person to numb themselves from pain, she also reveals how overwhelmingly difficult it is to recover. You can send an addict to jail or treatment centers as often as you want, but if the person herself is not ready to recover, there is nothing you can do to help.
"A major insight Dellenna finally realized in her life was that she needed to get help from women. She could manipulate men. It was the women who told her the truth. That's why her stay at Jennifer House for women ex-offenders in Rochester was such a turning point in her sobriety.
"Knowing there was a happy ending helped me to endure paging through the excruciating tale of her years on dangerous streets and in frigid crack houses. I am so proud of Dellenna's inner strength and faith in God that finally proved victorious in her battle with prostitution and drugs. As she concluded, 'My worst day clean is ten times better than my best day getting high.' "
Dellenna Harper is a Licensed Master Social Worker whose passion is advocating for and working with formerly incarcerated women who struggle with mental health, substance abuse, trauma, self, etc. This passion was conceived from her own personal issues struggling with addiction, incarceration, and everything else that comes with that lifestyle.
Dellenna is currently Director of Hope Harbor and Harvest Hill Programs at The Salvation Army in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was previously the Director of Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach Jennifer House in Rochester, New York, where she was a resident in 2006. Dellenna is a proud alumna of Monroe Community College (MCC), Nazareth College, and The Greater Rochester Collaborative of SUNY College at Brockport and Nazareth. She was one of the first graduates of the Addictions Counseling Program at MCC. Dellenna was the recipient of the 2013 Jessica Shackelton Maclay Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the Nazareth College Social Work Department and was also an honoree for the prestigious Rochester Women's Network "W" Award. Dellenna lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.