“At my worst I would go through 10-15 tall boys and a 30 pack of beer every day. I must have spent $700 or more on alcohol every month,” Roberto admits.
His addiction cost him his home, his job, even his relationship with his wife and daughter who, when we met him, he hadn’t spoken to in six years. It was only when he finally wore out his welcome sleeping on people’s couches, that he found himself at the doors of the Gospel Rescue Mission.
The plan was to sleep, shower, and sober up in hopes of finding work. But with his alcoholism still unresolved, there was little hope that Roberto’s plan would be successful – and God knew it. Soon after he arrived, changes in the fire safety codes reduced our men’s shelter capacity from 130 beds to just 55. Suddenly Roberto was one of over a hundred men that found themselves out on the streets with nowhere to go.
But God didn’t abandon him – He just had a better plan...
“While I waited for a bed to open up, I’d sleep in the bushes or at the bus stop, wash up at a spigot and head to the Mission for a meal. Then one day, I came to plead with Ken [our Intake Manager] for somewhere – anywhere – to sleep and that’s when he told me the good news. He had an unexpected opening in the recovery program. Tears welled up in my eyes. I couldn’t believe it!”
Thanks to God and friends like our generous donors and volunteers, Roberto finally got a chance to turn his life around.
In fact, Roberto says God Himself cured him of his alcoholism. “The craving is gone! After so many years, it’s just gone!,” Roberto exclaims with a huge smile. While in recovery, he’s even reconnected with his wife and daughter. “It’s incredible to have them back in my life. I spend every weekend with them.”
It’s always encouraging to see God transform a life. But the sad fact is, our city is full of men and women who need that sort of hope. According to Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness' 2017 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, there are more than 7,500 homeless in Tucson, just like Roberto, who have nowhere else to turn.
This is why we are so grateful for our donors and volunteers. It’s their support that gives people like Roberto the chance to loosen the chains of addiction, to find a way off the street and to find real, lasting transformation through Jesus Christ.
That doesn’t happen without great friends like you!
We all have the means to make a difference in one life. Your support today will help provide a clean bed, a warm shower, and a hot meal for someone who may not have had access to any of those for weeks at a time – along with a wide range of recovery and career services designed to put them back on their feet. We can change another life today. Let’s do it together.
Thank you in advance for your support that helps end homelessness and restore lives right here in Tucson!