Marlene wandered the streets of Tucson for 14 long years. Hungry years.
It was addiction that put her there. It didn’t take long for the drugs to wreck her life. One day her mother came to visit, and Marlene couldn’t even answer the door. She was too strung out.
She lost her home. Lost her children. Lost all hope of any other kind of life. She slept behind dumpsters. She was heartbroken every day.
And deeply, desperately hungry.
“It was horrible,” she says today. “Those are days I want to forget.” Tears welling up in her eyes. “That road out there is nothing nice. It’s a hard road ... not knowing when you’re going to eat again, where you’re going to sleep — or even if you’re going to survive the night. It’s an ugly feeling.”
But then something happened that changed everything for Marlene.
“I was leaving a hotel room when I felt something push me back inside,” she says. “I had this feeling that something really bad was going to happen to me that day. I started crying and I called my mom.”
Marlene couldn’t take it anymore ... She knew she needed help.
Her mom was there in five minutes. She got Marlene into detox — and two days later, by God’s grace, Marlene came to us, here at Gospel Rescue Mission, to begin a long-term recovery program.
But first things first: Marlene urgently needed to eat.
“I had been so hungry for so long,” she remembers.
Now she was stunned to find herself sitting before a big meal of nutritious food. “My mouth dropped open!” she says.
It was the love, compassion, and generosity of our donors and volunteers that touched her life that day. “I walked in with nothing,” she recalls. “They gave me shampoo, soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush, and a fresh set of clothes. I couldn’t believe it. And the food!”
She’s been transformed. On the streets, she had grown hard. “In the past, if someone looked at me twice, I was ready to fight,” she says. “Now God has given me a heart where I’m quick to help people.... Now that I’ve found God, I’m never letting go!”
“I don’t ever want to go back to that life,” Marlene says. “It was horrible.”
“The moment that I stepped through these doors,” Marlene says, “let me tell you, it was a divine appointment.” God changed her here at Gospel Rescue Mission — but friends like you opened the door.
Please help make this change possible in more lives like Marlene's and give as generously as possible today. Thank you in advance!