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Resurrecting a life in chaos


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.

His mother had died, and he’d been sentenced on a DUI charge – he had just been released from jail.

“I needed a job and I wanted to get my own place,” he says. “I just wanted to be my own person.”

That worked out, for a while. When the company Anthony worked for went out of business, he moved in with a long-time friend and got another job. But then his friend passed away while working on a project Anthony was supposed to do, which set him back again.

Anthony spent the next six weeks living on the streets, digging through trash cans for food and sleeping in his van. When he ran out of money for gas though, he had to sell the car.

“I was basically a zombie...I wanted to reconnect spiritually, emotionally and mentally.”

Our Training Faithful Men program gave Anthony the support he needed to get a fresh start. And this time, his goals were drastically different.

“I wanted to start being more of a human being.”

Raised in the Catholic faith, Anthony discovered a new relationship with the Lord here at the Mission.

“I’ve been praying all my life... saying the Lord’s prayer every night. But the Bible encourages me to be specific. Now, I’m learning how to pray and give thanks... especially for the blessings like food to eat and a warm bed and a shower!”

In addition to building a strong faith foundation, Anthony is also getting the tools he needs to become independent – managing his finances, holding down a job and being a father to his son. “Being a parent means having kids,” he says. “But being a father means being there for those kids.”

“The Mission is a great place. If you use the tools that are here, you’re going to succeed!”

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