"To be in a situation where I had absolutely nothing, it was a big shock."
Kim was not an addict. Instead, her financially secure and peaceful life was tragically interrupted when her partner threw away all of her personal belongings. She needed a safe place to go.
"Once I landed here and settled out of all the fear and everything I was dealing with, I was safe, my needs were met. That gave me the foundation to be able to get back on my feet."
"I remember sitting on my bunk in the Mission, in tears, and just praying to God, You know what? I can't do this. I'm either going to be a drag wreck the rest of my life or I need to do something to change.
The next day I was invited into the New Life Recovery Program. I've been clean since that day." Today Adam works as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.
“The name drew me. I needed Good News.
I needed to be rescued, and yes, I was on a Mission.”
“To all the people who support the mission, I would like to say thank you for giving to the Lord, because I am a life that has been changed. I celebrated 7 years clean in January, but I come from a long line of alcohol and drug addiction. When I was facing a 3 year jail sentence, the Judge opted to send me to the GNRM for a residential recovery program. I am married with two wonderful children, and working with those suffering from drug addictions and mental illness.”
“I had been told about this place by people who wanted to help me in the past and it was the last place that I wanted to go. But I had nowhere else to turn. Coming to the Mission was one of the hardest things for my pride to take. It turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me.”
"Sleeping on the Mission floor didn't make me homeless or lesser than...
Fighting it and the denial made me homeless.
Once I realized that, things started to change. I started to fight to change my life. Now, I am employed, work hard and enjoy my 3 bedroom house.”
Opioid-based medication left Margo addicted long after she recovered from a bad car accident.
She felt trapped as addiction took over her whole life. Desperation grew as did her determination.
"They let me in and I was so excited, I was jumping up and down, I was so happy!" Margo said about the moment she was accepted into the New Life Recovery Program.
"Not only was I saved through the program, but my children were and their children are going to be, and their children as well."
"I was walking in the hot heat and blistering my feet. I didn't know where to go. I had nowhere to go."
Thankfully, she met people that knew of the Good News Rescue Mission. "If it wasn't for the Mission I don't know where I would be. Probably dead," Faith says with tears in her eyes. "All I want is to be in my own home. That's my hope."
"I was blacked out in a ditch. Then there were these people who kept looking for me and wanted to help me. I was surprised. Why help me?
What started with an encounter of kindness lead to an interview for the Mission's New Life Recovery Program.
Looking back on his recovery journey Pauly says: "This place is a God send. We're all miracles here. It gets you back on your feet. It really changes lives.
If those people wouldn't have brought me here... I would still be out there or be dead.