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Parents are supposed to care for and love their children. But what Natasha experienced as a child was abuse and neglect.

When her parents divorced, a new man moved into the house. “He would taunt me and pull me around by my hair...my mom said I was disobedient because I didn’t listen to him, so I had to go stay with my dad.”

Very quickly, Natasha learned that she was really on her own. “I had to buy my own bathroom tissue and toothpaste and food...but I didn’t have a job, so I ended up meeting some guys on the streets and selling drugs.”

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Anthony describes himself as a “binge drinker.” “I can go six months to a year without having anything, and then I can go six months to a year drinking,” he says.

Needless to say, this lifestyle doesn’t produce any kind of financial, emotional or spiritual stability, which explains why Anthony was married three times in ten years and why his mother’s death five years ago was so devastating.

“Whatever fight I had left in me was gone. I was basically drinking myself to death, and then I got put in jail for a DUI.”

The first time Anthony came to Faith Mission, it was just for six weeks.

George was only 12 years old when he began sneaking drinks from his alcoholic parents.

It was the beginning of a life-long battle with alcohol and crack cocaine. “I was a functioning drug addict, a functioning alcoholic. I always had a job and that supplied my habits,” George says.

As his drug use escalated, George could no longer support his habit and cover his bills. “I got to the point where I wasn’t even paying my rent. I wasn’t eating,” he says. “It took me straight down to the bottom. I lost my apartment. I lost weight. I lost friends. I lost family.”

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Thank you to Governor Mike Pence and his staff for visiting the Faith Mission today (Dec. 22, 2015).
We were so blessed to have you serve our residents and take time to chat with us and take pictures. Your genuine compassion for our residents was evident!

From the time she was 15, Latoya was on her own, living on the streets.

“Life for me was pretty hard,” says Latoya. “I was adopted into a big family. My mom adopted 10 of us...but she was verbally and physically abusive, and began putting us all out at the age of 15.”

“It was hard to do my school work, go to work and still have to think about where I was going to sleep at night. It was never my goal to give up school, but I needed a break to get myself situated.” Latoya withdrew from school, but still finished her GED.

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.

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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.

Want to help serve a meal at Faith Mission? Check out our meal calendar to see which dates are available then contact us to set a date!

We serve meals 365 days a year, so there are many opportunities to serve. Please consider signing up to be a part of this very important ministry.

Click here to see the Meal Calendar.

Contact Vera Swihart at (574) 293-3406, ext. 103 to sign up.  

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.

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