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I just wanted to make sure I was on the right path

I just wanted to make sure I was on the right path

When he was laid off because of Covid cutbacks, Terry not only lost his job, but the apartment he was living in. “I was living in South Bend, and I went to work one day, and they took me in the office and said, ‘You’re not going to like what we got to offer you, but...

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I didn’t want to lose my kids…

I didn’t want to lose my kids…

Stacey’s father was an addict who introduced his daughter to meth when she was just 15. Stacey paid for that mistake for the next 10 years! “My mom begged me to get clean,” Stacey says. “But she died while I was in jail.” Wanting to prove to her Mom that she could get...

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A life turned upside down…and inside out

A life turned upside down…and inside out

Candace will be the first one to admit that the choices she made in her life were not always the best ones. But she will also be the first to tell you how she came to know God and how her life changed completely at Faith Mission. Abused as a child, Candace grew up...

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I once was lost, but now I’m found…

Within a five-year period, Danielle lost three of the people most important to her: her mother, her grandmother and the father of her child. In despair, she turned to drugs and lost even more. “A lot of people didn’t want me around because of my addiction and things...

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I have a new outlook on life!

I have a new outlook on life!

Karen has faced many struggles in her life – the deaths of her mother and her husband, some severe health issues and downsizing that resulted in the loss of her last job. Before coming to the Mission for shelter, she relied on the community meals here – and help from...

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There’s no magic wand to make things better

There’s no magic wand to make things better

To ease the pain of losing his only son to suicide eight years ago, Robert began drinking, and was literally drinking himself to death. It took a good friend, and memory from his childhood, to bring him to the Mission for help.Robert’s mother worked at the Marion VA...

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It wasn’t my time to go yet!

It wasn’t my time to go yet!

Like so many men and women who come to Faith Mission hoping to begin new lives, Ritchie had a pretty normal childhood. “I started drinking at 16. We’d go cruising in our cars and get beer.” His consumption increased after he married the first time, when he was “just...

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Now I don’t have to walk the streets…

Now I don’t have to walk the streets…

When Barbara began having medical problems several years ago, no one really understood what was going wrong. “I kept going to the hospital, and they kept sending me back home,” she remembers today. “My kids were in their 20’s then,” she recalls. “They were very...

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Taking life one day at a time…

Taking life one day at a time…

Though alcohol took over her father’s life when she was growing up, all in all Teresa says she had “a pretty normal childhood.” It wasn’t until she married “the wrong man” and had a child on her own that the real struggles began. “I was working and raising my son,”...

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Excited About What God Has Given Her

“Mom died when I was six, and my grandparents got custody. My father was in and out of my life. I began rebelling when I was 13 and had my first child at 16.” A family member introduced Samantha to drugs, and by the time she was 22, she was not only the mother of two...

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