“A Place to Change My Life”
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Jeff ’s 12-year marriage ended in divorce and marked the beginning of a 15-year struggle with alcohol. “I basically destroyed everything I possibly could,” Jeff says. “The only thing I was worried about was where I was going to get my next bottle.”
Then, in 2008, Jeff received Christ as his Savior while in SOS Ministries – a Christian recovery program recommended by Faith Mission when our facility was full.
“Ever since then, I haven’t been the same,” Jeff says. “I’ve been sober now going on five years.”
When Jeff left SOS, he joined Faith Mission’s Training Faithful Men Program. “We have three classes a week, seminars, prayer meetings and outings,” he says. “I’d recommend it to anybody who really wants to see God.”
Meanwhile, Jeff is working at the YMCA and using some of his earnings to pay back child support for his four children, with whom he has reconciled. “I can feel good knowing… even though my kids are grown…I’m still taking responsibility for what I did,” he says.
Jeff also mans the Mission’s front desk. He is the first person people see when they come through the door; the first voice they hear when they call. “If you give love and kindness and mercy and grace, like God has on us, then they’re going to feel more at ease,” he says.
Jeff is praying about earning a degree in theology. “My heart’s been leaning towards being a youth director or a youth pastor,” he says.
“If this is something God wants me to do…He’ll make a way.”
“I thank God for having Faith Mission here for people. If it wasn’t for Faith Mission, I don’t know where I’d be now,” Jeff adds. “If you really want to… apply yourself and really want to change, this is the place to come.”
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