“I’m getting closer to God.”
Imagine your life if every day were filled with sadness and angst. Imagine never knowing feelings of peace or joy. For Scott, this was reality. “I had a lot of anxiety and depression from being bipolar,” he says.
So when he lost his job and found himself homeless, it was almost too much to bear. “I spent the whole fall and winter living in my car, and then lived on the streets for a while,” he says. “On hot, sunny days, I felt that at any time I could pass away from heat stroke.”
A friend from church encouraged Scott to seek help at your Evansville Rescue Mission, but he was reluctant. “I didn’t want to let go of my freedom,” he says. “But one hot July day, I felt like God said, ‘If you don’t get into this shelter, or find somewhere safe, you’re going to die.’ After that, I gave my friend a call and said, ‘I’m ready.’”
Scott entered our P.A.C.E.S. (Purpose, Accountability, Christ, Education, Service) program, hoping to grow spiritually. “My faith was not where it should have been,” he says. “Now I’m getting closer to God.” Though he’s been taking medication for depression for many years, since coming to your Mission, Scott has experienced unprecedented emotional healing. “I’m happier and more positive. I have a better outlook on things and people,” he says. “I don’t have a pity party. I just keep on keepin’ on.”
Since graduating from ERM’s P.A.C.E.S. program, Scott has landed a job and is planning to move into his own place. Today, with a heart of thanksgiving, he shares these words: “I’d like to come back and volunteer at the Mission, to give back what they gave me. This place has made me a better man.”
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