There are people who “have a heart for rescue.” David is certainly one of them.
He knows what it’s like to be homeless and addicted.
David started drinking and using drugs in his teens. By the time he was 18, his drug use had gotten him kicked out of both of his parents’ homes. He dropped out of high school and lived on the streets for two years, sleeping in garages, apartment building halls and basements.
When he got a job at a bakery, his drug addiction consumed all his money. And drug use also led him to be suicidal. “One night I had a really bad heroin trip, and I knew I was going to die. I felt death’s presence,” David recalls.
David committed himself to getting off the streets, went into rehab, and then came to the Mission. “The first time I heard the Gospel was one night when a man from Shiloh Church came to do a twelve-step meeting. I was convinced and received Christ that night!”
David graduated and for the next four years he worked steadily and graduated from college – making the dean’s list twice! David soon began working at our Gateway Center
Emergency Shelter, and then moved into the position he holds today – House Coordinator for our Christian Living Program.
Today, David has come full circle. He’s restored his relationships with his family and is engaged to be married this summer. And, he’s been clean and sober for eight and a half years!
“It’s all about Jesus, what He has done for me,” David says. “I have many wilderness experiences when I take my eyes off Him. He has proven faithful. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
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