His marriage imploded. He turned to alcohol to cope. By the age of 30, he had two children and a marriage that was falling apart. Feeling the need for “something stronger,” he started experimenting with drugs. “It was a downward spiral,” Jeff remembers. “I stopped going to church, I stopped being social, I couldn’t keep a job. Then we got a divorce. She took the kids, I lost the house, the cars.... I lost everything.”
“I didn’t have any place to go,” he recalls grimly. “I didn’t have any family ... I didn’t even have a phone.”
It seemed like he couldn’t go any lower — but then he did. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and spent two nights in jail.
But jail time turned out to be a blessing in disguise... It was during those terrible 48 hours in jail that another inmate told Jeff about a place called Gospel Rescue Mission.
By God’s perfect plan, the two men happened to be released at exactly the same time. “I’m going to Gospel Rescue Mission right now!” Jeff’s new friend told him. “Come with me!”
Jeff was hungry — and had nowhere else to go. So he walked the six blocks from the jail to our front door.
We opened our arms to Jeff. His story spilled out. We got him a meal, and a bed. And God began to work in his heart. For a month, Jeff worked as a volunteer all around our campus. By then, he was ready to get serious about straightening out his life. He signed up for our recovery program — and never looked back.
“It changed my life!” Jeff says today. Layer by layer, his old selfishness and arrogance have slid away. “I’ve learned how to work well with others and put others’ needs before mine.”
Our team have helped Jeff establish a solid base for a new life. “I’ve only been in the program since March, but they’ve helped me build a foundation,” he says. “I’m learning so much about myself. Slowly, I’m leaving my old life behind, and I’m moving forward.”
“If Gospel Rescue Mission wasn’t here, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I might have been stuck on the streets with no direction for my life. This place offered me a second chance, even though I didn’t deserve it.”
It’s a whole new world for Jeff. Jeff’s goal is to share what he’s learned, and give others the same second chance he got — by becoming an official Peer Support Counselor. We’re helping him enroll in the Recovery Support Specialist training program — he’ll earn certification to serve as a fully credentialed peer counselor in our state’s integrated behavioral health field!
There’s something you can do!
You can help more people in need, people like Jeff, by giving a gift of compassion to Gospel Rescue Mission today.
Cameron had battled addiction ever since Afghanistan. Working for a military contractor, his job was to help find and clear out caves filled with drugs – a major source of funding for terrorists. It was common knowledge among his co-workers that if a little bit of contraband went missing during assignment, no one cared - as long as it didn’t interfere with work. Curious, Cameron tried a bit after work one day and got hooked.
Bringing his addiction home with him was the hardest battle of all.
It had success over him on a number of occasions. But he fought back, managing to kick the habit several times on his own. He was in the middle of his longest stretch of sobriety when he found out that his brother, who he was staying with, was also an addict. He knew that if he stayed, he would fall right back into addiction – that’s when a friend pointed him to Gospel Rescue Mission.
Marlene wandered the streets of Tucson for 14 long years. Hungry years.
She was working so hard.... So dedicated to her kids.... Working 50+ hours a week, to provide for her family. Emotionally and physically, Sheri was a maxed-out mom.
But then her own mother was diagnosed with a grave illness; one that required serious care. Nobody else in the family was in a position to step up and Sheri couldn’t let her mother suffer alone. So she made the sacrifice and added “caregiver” to her list of responsibilities – but it was too much...
“I kept it hidden as best I could from my family. But methamphetamine makes you crazy. I would constantly instigate fights with my boyfriend, everything was broken in our house. I was out of control.”
But although Rosanna’s family didn’t see it, God knew that Rosanna needed help.
It’s not fair, but we all tend to do it....
When we see someone missing teeth, we tend to “label” them... We somehow tend to think of them as unintelligent... unprofessional... even untrustworthy. No, it doesn’t really make sense, logically. But most of us do it.
That’s what happened to Jonathan. He was still just a young boy when he fell in with the wrong crowd. He started putting substances in his body. Soon he was a full-fledged addict. Year after year, he battled his addictions ... and lost.
The support of our donors, volunteers, and staff helped Pam find sobriety and salvation, but it didn’t end there...
Through the hard work of our counselors and staff they helped him overcome his addiction and the depression that drove him to it. They even helped him unlock his hidden potential. Through our Career Development Center, Eric discovered a love for numbers and math. His aptitude was off the charts and their loving support helped him not only earn his GED, but also connect him to the federal grants and college courses he would need to realize his dream of becoming an accountant.
But most importantly of all, they gave Eric a gift of eternal significance – a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Eric was baptized on February 7th of this year.
All testimonies are either written by or are from interviews with men and women who's lives were transformed during their time at Gospel Rescue Mission.
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