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Finding a home

Robert was an alcoholic his whole life. He received his first DWI when he was only 16 years old. He lost his daughter when she was ten months old. The tragedy and loss in his life caused his alcoholism to continue to spiral. He ended up in prison three separate times with a total of ten years served. He went through several rehabs and after learning his father passed away while he was in rehab, decided to do a shot of heroin that he was convinced would kill him. God had different plans.

Robert found himself at the Salvation Army where he learned how to study the word of God. He found scripture to be a Godsend but was still lost. He was still caught up in his addiction. After attending a meeting, he heard some of the men talking about The Rescue Mission and knew he wanted to be a part of it.

After entering programming, he needed to find a mission statement. To this day, he still lives by what he chose. Matthew 6:33 -“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all things will be given to you as well.” Robert decided he wanted to build his own Bible Study class for his fellow brothers. He wanted to share the importance of the journey. “We’re all on a journey and you have to have faith.”

After graduating from the program, Robert decided to move down to Texas with his mom. Nervous about being around the same people who were still using, he actively started looking for a job. Not finding anything was discouraging, but “Be still and know that I am God” was a scripture that continued to pop out to him, and being patient was needed. He now has a job where he feels like he has gained a true family. He is thankful for his time at The Mission and is grateful for the life he lives now. “The Mission is such a Godly place. It is God’s house.”