Shawn’s Challenge: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction

Shawn was only 10 years old when his father passed away and his family fell apart. “My mom started drinking heavily, and I had to take care of myself. I moved in with my older sister when I was 15 because my mom and I didn’t get along.”

Shawn was introduced to drugs at his sister’s house. Living in that unhealthy environment, it wasn’t long before he developed a serious addiction. “All my friends did drugs… my family did drugs. I just couldn’t get away from it.”

He spent years losing jobs, relationships, and even custody of his son. When he was kicked out of his apartment for drug use, Shawn was heartbroken when he realized he had nowhere to go.

Then his mother heard about your Evansville Rescue Mission and suggested Shawn give it a try, and his life changed forever.

“This place is wonderful. I’m learning a lot, and it feels good to be clean.”

Shawn is in the second phase of your ERM’s six-month P.A.C.E.S. (Purpose, Accountability, Christ, Education, Service) program. He is learning how to build a deeper relationship with Christ and discovering tools to overcome past behaviors.

“After I get done with the P.A.C.E.S. program, I’d like to get an internship at the Mission. I like working at the front desk – doing intakes and helping others.”

“I’m a member of church now, and I just love it. I’m learning so much.”

Shawn is no longer bound by the pain that fueled his addiction and now has a healthy relationship with his mother and sister, who are also clean and sober. He hopes to reconcile with his son, whom Shawn hasn’t seen since the boy was three years old.

“I’m trying to get my life together where I can start seeing my 12-year-old son, because I missed a lot of his childhood.”

YOU are the reason that men and women like Shawn are no longer bound by their past challenges – and have found God’s peace and purpose for a better life! “I’m learning a lot every day. The Mission has been a godsend for me.”

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