“My name is Ron. I want to thank you all for your support of Gospel Rescue Mission. Without the Mission I could be dead.
Last April I was released from Pima County Jail with just two small bags of clothes and personal items to my name. I walked all the way from the jail, west of the freeway, to Harrison on the east side of town. I went to my family’s house. I wanted to see my mom and my adult son.
But when I arrived, they were very angry with me for being so stupid and getting arrested. My son started exploding on me and then threw me to the ground and told me to leave. I had nowhere to go, so I went to the nearest park to live.
Spring went and summer came with temperatures as high as 110 degrees. Then the monsoon storms came and I’m deathly afraid of the lightening. It’s hot and your energy is zapped. You don’t even have the energy to walk three to five miles to a soup kitchen or church to get a meal. You put water from a park fountain in a plastic bottle and it gets so warm it seemed like it was ready to boil.
Convenience stores and fast food places won’t even let you in to use the restroom because you are so dirty, sweaty, and smelly. But you do what you have to in order to survive. I even broke into vacant houses to stay out of the heat. I’d also sleep in carports to stay out of the rain and lightning. Fortunately, I didn’t get caught by the police.
Then in August, I almost died from a major heart attack. That attack was followed by three smaller ones over another month or so. I couldn’t physically take it any longer. No one will interview you when you are homeless and dirty and smelly and you have no phone where they can call you for an interview. And now I was also too sick to work.
Fortunately, I made my way to Gospel Rescue Mission. I‘ve been here six months. The Mission is so caring and loving and they are helping me apply for disability, so I can move into my own place and pay my bills once again. My faith in the Lord has grown by leaps and bounds. I can see His hand upon my life. My son and I have reconciled and we talk now!
I currently have another hurdle to get over. I am going in for open heart surgery this month. The Mission promised they would have my bed ready for me when I get out of the hospital. I am truly blessed and I am ALIVE physically and spiritually, thanks to God, the Mission and all of the people who donate their money, clothes, and time. “