“Now I know He is always there for me. God is my everything.”
“I had exhausted all my friends and family, and alienated myself from everything,” Mike says.
Mike started drinking as a teenager to cope with the abuse he experienced at a young age. “I had a lot of things happen in my childhood that I always tried to not think about. I self-medicated and would drink to try to forget my problems.” Mike’s drinking led to the demise of his marriage and estrangement from his teenage sons, trouble keeping a job, and becoming homeless.
After months of living on the streets, Mike grew tired of his lifestyle and decided to get help at your Evansville Rescue Mission. Here, through your gifts, he was blessed with the essentials of safe shelter… nutritious meals… and everything he needed to feel comfortable and at home.
“I wake up now every day and don’t have to worry about where I’m going to eat… I actually have time to think about how blessed I am. I’ve given God so many chances to just be done with me, but He’s carried me through all of them.”
For the first time in years, Mike was able to celebrate the miracle of Christmas with God’s joy and peace in his heart.
“My goal is to build a stronger relationship with God,” Mike shares. “I want that stability in my life and mind.”
Currently staying at your ERM’s Residence Center, Mike plans to take the next step and enter your ERM’s P.A.C.E.S. (Purpose, Accountability, Christ, Education, Service) long-term residential program. He’s taking things one day at a time – reconnecting with God, focusing on his sobriety, and gaining work experience around your Mission. He’s also taking steps to reconcile with his family members.
This Christmas, because of your compassion and God’s love, Mike’s story has a new beginning. Through the gift of Christ’s birth, his future is filled with joy and meaning. “I get such peace being here at the Mission. I can’t think of a job I’d rather have than helping people.”