From Desperation to Hope

Dean sat by his wife’s bed, her hand clutched in his. “If anything ever happens to me, you can get married again,” she said.

Her words fell on deaf ears. He’d been watching her health deteriorate for 10 years, ever since she was diagnosed with renal failure, but he’d refused to imagine life without his childhood sweetheart. “We were married 34 years. I spent my whole life with her,” he says.

Two weeks later, she died. “My life fell apart. I lost the will to live. I sold everything. I gave up,” Dean says.

Not so long ago, Dean would have turned to the Lord for help. He’d grown up in church, following hard after God, but after his wife’s diagnosis, he fell away. “I didn’t believe there was a God, because of what I was going through.”

For the next five years, he turned to alcohol and drugs to numb his pain, and was plagued by thoughts of suicide. “I thought about it so many times that I could write a book on how to kill yourself,” he says.

Eventually, Dean found himself homeless, and he came to your Evansville Rescue Mission for help. Through our P.A.C.E.S. Program (Purpose, Accountability, Christ, Education, Service), his life has changed dramatically. “This place has healed my mind and way of thinking,” he says. “I know that God is there for me, and that He’s been there the whole time. I know He sent me here.”

Dean now runs our Donation Center and, after graduation, plans to go into ministry. “It’s in my heart to go to other missions, to help people find purpose and show them there are people who love them, just like these people have done for me.”

Because of your support, Dean, and others like him, find help and hope when they walk through the doors of your Evansville Rescue Mission – at Easter and always. “I thank God for this place. More than anything, they’ve given me hope.”

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