Starting over again

“I don’t have to worry about sleeping outside anymore.”

Shawn was raised by his mother after his parents divorced, and church wasn’t a big part of his life. “The whole going to church thing was more about appearance than a spiritual thing. We had to look nice and go to church,” he says.

As an adult, Shawn worked as a paramedic for 12 years until the things he saw left him increasingly depressed and reliant on alcohol to cope. “I’d seen enough. There was one final accident that really did it for me. After that I just couldn’t see any more… I had to step away.”

Without a job, Shawn couldn’t afford a place to live. He heard about your Evansville Rescue Mission from another nearby shelter who had no room. “At the Mission, I discovered alcohol isn’t my problem, depression is my problem. Before, when there was a rough patch in my life or something traumatic happened, depression would kick in and the drinking would pick up.”

Shawn joined our P.A.C.E.S. (Purpose, Accountability, Christ, Education, and Service) long-term program and, with God’s help, he found the strength to quit drinking. The daily classes and Bible study helped Shawn rebuild his life and gave him the tools to combat negative thoughts and cope in healthier ways.

“The most meaningful thing here is the staff… they’re always willing to help you.”

Today, Shawn is part of our maintenance team. In the future, he hopes to use his previous medical experience to get his phlebotomist license, or perhaps become a missionary – his time at your Mission has brought him closer to the Lord and he’s open to God’s calling. “We have chapel every night and it keeps you in tune with the Lord, instead of just thinking about Him one day a week.”

This Easter, Shawn will be celebrating the beautiful new beginning in his life – made possible by your generous support. “I’m thankful to the Mission for bringing me closer to Christ, and the companionship of the staff and friends I’ve made.”


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