Four years of misuse of pain pills coupled with use of meth had my life way off track. My priorities got all turned around. It got to the point where I was focused on me and only me. I was a very selfish person. Because of my selfishness, my wife and children suffered. I lost the woman I loved, my children, and my home. Through all my addictions, I lost the most important thing – my dignity and my self-respect. But, thank God, Heaven has a lost and found.
God had brought me to complete brokenness. He brought me to my knees and He brought me to a place I’ll never forget on September 1, 2012 – Gospel Rescue Mission.
"The things I believed about life were simply not true."
"I came to the Gospel Rescue Mission in October 2004 only expecting to stay for a few days. I had been sober for a little over a year and working as a maintenance supervisor at some apartments here in Tucson. My roommate relapsed on crack cocaine and my boss and my co-workers were all actively using. I eventually relapsed one night and the next day I decided that I needed to do something different.
I had been struggling with addiction for more than 20 years and had never been able to string together more than 90 days of sobriety. As a result, I had a history of legal issues, had alienated a majority of my family and friends, and had experienced periods of homelessness.
In September 2004, I decided to quit my job; even though it meant I would also lose the apartment that I was living in since my job included housing. I did not want to be homeless again, but I was afraid of returning to active addiction. I remember praying to God to give me the courage to trust Him even though I didn’t know where I was going or what I would do.
Acquiring a Bachelor’s degree is no small task for anyone, but for Frank Montano, becoming a recent college graduate is bittersweet. During some of the darkest and most troublesome years of his life, he managed to stay on top of his schoolwork and become a true success.
Frank’s story is intriguing, inspiring and showcases the amazing work God does in a person’s life. In just four short months, he and all those who know him have seen a drastic change in his character, temperament and lifestyle.
"My name is Vernon and on March 26, 2012, I was arrested for possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell and use. While waiting for arraignment, I cried out to God and He answered me by allowing me to be released and placed on a pre-trial release. At that time, I entered the Gospel Rescue Mission trying to hide out from the people I owed money to.
While at GRM, I started to pray that God would get me out of this once again, but for the first time I cried out to Him with all my heart, spirit and soul. He was faithful to answer my plea once more. As I was waiting on my court date, I asked about entering the Life Foundation Restoration Program and was accepted (not knowing if I would be able to even start or finish it). But for the first time in a long time, I started to trust that God would take care of everything.
I was truly sick and tired of the life I was living. I had been using drugs to escape and for the first time in a long time, I found peace and rest. GRM was a place where I fitted right in and could be myself, where I didn’t have to wear the many masks that I had developed all my life.