"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.
I stayed on the streets for about a month and worked day labor and odd jobs. I managed to stay sober and even found a job at another apartment complex as a supervisor. I had met a few people on the street who told me about the Gospel Rescue Mission, so while I was waiting for my new job to start, I figured I might stay there until my apartment was ready to move in.
I slept on the chapel floor the first couple of nights and met a few of the students who were in the long-term program. One particular man I had known for some time was there, and we talked quite a bit. However, he did not seem like the same person I had known. I could not put my finger on it, but something had changed. He was different somehow!
I wasn’t sure exactly why, but I knew I was right where I needed to be, so I called my future employer and told them I had decided not to take the job. Instead, I enrolled in the Life Foundations Restoration Program at the Mission.
After spending a few months at the Mission, I realized that most of the things I believed about life were simply not true. I spent a lot of time learning and listening to people who seemed to be content in spite of their circumstances. I learned to trust God and those He placed in authority over me. I was introduced to a God who never changes and whose principles and truth never fails.
As God was transforming my life, I eventually joined the staff at GRM. I am now the Program Supervisor and I have the most awesome position imaginable! I now get to give back to God what was so freely given to me."