A collection of stories from client about their lives.
Anger and Drugs Messed Me Up
Hi, I’m Anthony. I grew up in a dysfunctional household. My dad made a lot of broken promises which led to a ton of anger built up within me. I used drugs whenever anger got the best of me. If it wasn’t for the Mission, I would still be where all the drugs are.
I Wandered Until I Found the Mission
Hi, I’m Jason. I've been working ever since I left home at 14. From what I remember, I have always moved from place to place. But life up here was not easy; I didn’t know anyone. The Mission gave me a place to stay when I didn’t have one.
I Became Jobless Then Homeless
Hi, I'm Aldo. When the pandemic hit, I lost my job. I had to file for bankruptcy since I could not afford the rent. The Mission became a place where I could get help, get meals, and get back on my feet.
I Lost My Home of 20 Years
Hi, I'm John. When I was 20, my parents separated, and my life went downhill. My life worsened when I lost my home of 20 years. Knowing the Mission was a safe place, I came back for help.
I’m More than An Addict
Hi, I’m Kenneth. My mother supported us, while all my father did was drink. As I got older, peer pressure stopped me from going to school. Instead, I started drinking and smoking at 15.
I'm Never Turning Back to Drugs
Hi, I’m Jay. I felt very sick and tired of everything. When my friend saw me, he told me I needed to get myself together. I joined rehab and slowly moved away from heroin thanks to the Mission's help.
I Was a Prisoner of Drugs
Hi, I'm Tommy. I’ve been battling many years of addiction since I was in my 20s. When I got a blood infection from addiction, I was stuck in the hospital. Everything caught up with me. I was homeless without a job and without a family.
I Moved Without a Destination in Mind
Hi, I’m Kaan, I’ve been homeless for many years. I’ve moved from place to place, staying in hotels, sleeping in bus terminals, and being on the streets.
The Mission Brought Light into My Life
Hi, I’m Larry, it’s my second time at the Mission. I thought no one would remember me after so many years, but the Mission staff welcomed me back. They remembered me for who I am and gave me a place to stay when I needed it the most.
The Mission Restored Me Financially and Emotionally
Hi, I'm Alfonso, it has been 11 years since I’ve been sober. I am now back on my feet and ready for a new life in Tennessee in the next month.
The Mission Truly Sees the Potential in Us
Hi, I’m Joaquin, I’m doing better financially and studying to become an interpreter, thanks to the Mission’s guidance.
The Mission Saved Me from Living on the Streets
Hi, I’m Jaime. At the Mission, I found happiness, friends, a job, and so much more. Now my life is better because I have been doing the right things, staying out of drugs, and behaving well.