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Anthony’s life so far has been difficult to say the least: he was abused as a child, grew up using drugs, and spent time in jail.

It was Anthony’s own mother who abused him, leaving him with memories “most kids shouldn’t have.” The drugs and alcohol were an attempt to fill the void left by an absent father and the love he didn’t receive from his Mom.

His life was Godless. Without direction. But then he reached a breaking point.

After serving eight months in county jail on a drug charge, Anthony learned about Faith Mission from friends.

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Since as early as Lori can remember, her life has been filled with loneliness and sadness. Her father was an alcoholic and divorced her mother when Lori was three. Then, her mom’s new boyfriend sexually abused Lori from the time she was three until she was nine, when he was sent to prison.

Moving in with her father wasn’t an option because of his alcoholism, so he sent her to live with an aunt. “I never truly lived with her,” Lori says sadly. “It was a just a place for him to drop me off.”

Lori dropped out of high school, got pregnant and gave birth to her son six days before her 18th birthday.

faith_mission_garden_article.jpgPosted: Friday, October 31, 2014 5:30 am

By Jennifer Shephard

You might not have seen Phil Burkey if you drove past Faith Mission last summer, but he was probably there.

Burkey, who worked most mornings in the garden next to the railroad tracks, obscured by the fence and slope of the hill, is the driving force behind the garden that puts fresh, quality food on the plates of those most in need in our community.

Burkey knows about that need. He was a resident at the mission for about two years starting in 2009. “When we started the garden (in 2010), we asked for those that wanted to help, and Phil was one of the first to step up,” said Mike Perez, the mission’s resource and development director.

We need you! We are seeking volunteers to help prepare meals, mentor the men and women in our programs, lead chapel services, and help out around the Mission.

For a complete list of volunteer opportunities at Faith Mission, click here.

To become a volunteer, contact Vera Swihart at (574) 293-3406, ext. 103 or vera@thefaithmission.org.

Gently used clothing, furniture, household items, tools, toys and bikes are always welcome at the Faith Mission Thrift Store.

Your donations not only raise money to provide food, shelter and care, but provide work experience for men and women in our recovery programs. And, you get a tax deduction!

Drop off donations at 1017 South Main Street in Elkhart. Or call (574) 522-0477 to arrange a pick-up.

For thrift store directions and hours of operation, click here

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