Local woman’s life mission to help other women

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A local woman’s personal struggles and her triumph over them is the reason so many other women in the Triad are now leading better lives.

Cindy Mondello was an alcoholic and bulimic for years. "I looked fine on the outside, like nothing was wrong, but inside, it was a totally different story. I knew in my spirit I had to stop drinking. AA really helped, but Christian counseling is what made the biggest difference in my life."

"I was like, if I could do anything, it would be to help other women know they don't have to live like that," says Mondello. She got her master's degree in counseling, but soon realized what helped her so much was not an option for many women because of how much counseling can cost.

Instead of opening up a private practice, she created the nonprofit, Christian-based Restoration Place Counseling in Greensboro. It's just for girls and women 12 years old and older. What patients pay is based on a sliding scale, usually $20-$40 a session. In 10 years, Cindy and her other licensed counselors have worked with thousands of girls and women who otherwise would not have been able to afford counseling.

She now spends most of her days managing the center and raising money to help offset the costs of counseling. "I'm so in the throes of that. Thank you for telling my story because this reminds me of where all of this came from."

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