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.