Grateful through it all: Paul is especially thankful for YOU!
Your compassion & support change lives.
“The Rescue Mission saved my life.”
Paul knew the divorce papers were coming. He and his wife had been separated for some time. But he’d been trying to ignore the inevitable by numbing his pain. “I was married for 17 years and when we separated, I went head first into drugs and alcohol,” he says.
When he finally received the divorce papers, his addiction spiraled out of control, alienating his children, costing him his job and leading him far away from the Lord.
Eventually, he found himself hopeless, living on the streets, praying for a way to change his life. “I needed someone to guide me back to the Father,” he says. “One day, I was lying on a bench and I heard the words ‘Rescue Mission’ whispered in my ear.”
Paul knew it was God, so he came to the Rescue Mission and entered our Life Builders Program. Through chapel services and Bible studies, he recommitted his life to the Lord. “The Rescue Mission introduced me to God again and helped me get closer to Him,” he says.
“God brought me here.”
Christian counseling, addiction recovery and life skills classes helped Paul process his pain and learn a new way to live. “They taught me to be a man of my word, to live better and treat people better.”
Paul completed the program, has his own place and is a certified substance abuse counselor. He refers many of his clients to the Rescue Mission and visits regularly to share his testimony with our residents. “The Rescue Mission saved my life,” he says.
He’s remarried now and has good relationships with his ex-wife and their children. “My kids love my new wife and they love me.”
As Paul celebrates this Thanksgiving, he feels incredibly thankful for your compassion and support – and how it’s given him a fresh start in life. “I was dead. This is where I started to live again.”
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