Stories of Changed Lives
Gary was happily married with three sons and a good job. “I thought I had a perfect life,” he says. “But after my kids grew up and moved out, my wife and I didn’t have things in common and we separated.”
"I asked God to take my addiction away..." “On Thanksgiving night, I dropped to my knees. I asked God to take my addiction away because no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop.”
Shawn was only 17 when his mother died of alcoholism. “I watched her drink herself to death,” he says. With no other family to lean on, Shawn began using heroin to numb his pain.
When Kevin began looking for a place where he could really change his life, he knew it had to be a Christian program, and the Allentown Rescue Mission was at the top of the list!
William took care of his mother every day for 16 years. In addition to working as a Federal Police Officer in Warminster, he shopped for groceries, paid the bills and saw to his mother’s every need.
A journey from addiction to restoration Michael grew up without a father in a “crazy” household. He was only nine years old when he began using drugs. “I started smoking pot and moved onto drinking, to pills, LSD, cocaine,” he says.
There’s an old adage attributed to our neighbors, the Pennsylvania Dutch: “The faster I go, the behinder I get.” For years, that would have been the perfect description for Anthony’s life! “I was always working, always productive,” he says. “But also overworked, underpaid and stressed out.”
Scott’s brother, a minister at Union Baptist, is familiar with our programs and staff here at the Mission. So when family problems meant that Scott could no longer live at home, his brother knew the perfect place for him!
Billy grew up in a single parent home. He was only 16 when his mom died and a family from the church he attended took him and his sister into their home.
Kiwanis and his family had just settled into a new apartment when the 19-year-old’s world was turned upside down. “The landlord said, ‘Your oldest son is too old to stay with you,’” Kiwanis says. “I came home from school that day and my mom told me I couldn’t stay there. I left and started walking.”