Mark is so grateful… You have given him new life!
Mark walked along the streets of Evansville, homeless, filled with uncertainty and fear, grieving that his life had come to this.
He’d been a hard-working, self-reliant man. Then he fell seriously ill and had to be hospitalized. He lost everything and, when he was discharged, he had nowhere to go. “I was just walking around not knowing what to do,” he says. “Finally, I got on my knees and prayed. I said, ‘I need help’ and God led me here.”
When Mark arrived at our Residence Center, our compassionate staff welcomed him with open arms, a warm bed, and nutritious meals. Then he met with a Case Manager and, together, they assessed his goals. A closer relationship with the Lord. Healing of Mark’s self-esteem. A good job, leading to self-reliance.
For Mark, the answer to reaching his goals was clear – the Vocational Track of our P.A.C.E.S. (Purpose, Accountability, Christ, Education, Service) Program. Through Bible studies, chapel services, and faith-based classes, Mark has drawn close to the Lord. “My connection with God is stronger than ever. I’ve learned to love Him with all my heart, mind, and soul.”
He’s also learned to love his neighbor. “As soon as anybody walks in the Mission, they’re like a brother to me. If they need a friendly chat or a hand, I’ll talk with them and do what I can.”
“God is in this place.”
Meanwhile, Mark has found a job at Western Green, is saving 60% of his income, and is looking forward to moving into his own place after he completes the program. “I have self-esteem again,” he says.
Mark is thankful for the kindness and compassion of loving neighbors like you – and how you have given him peace and hope for the future. “Before I came to the Mission, I was lost. I felt like a lamb that couldn’t find the Shepherd. But the Mission brought me close to Christ. I’m in His care now and He’s got me on the right path.”