Pete’s heart is filled with gratitude for YOU!
“I was hopeless, but now I’ve been renewed.”
Pete walked down the alley in the darkness, searching for a dumpster where he might find his next meal, grieving that his life had come to this. “For years and years, I’d been using drugs and alcohol. It was a vicious pattern that I couldn’t break,” he says.
His stepfather had been a drinker, and at 13, Pete followed in his footsteps, never dreaming it would set him on a life-long path of self-destruction. “I thought it was normal for me to drink, but it got worse and worse over time.”
For more than 25 years, Pete struggled with his addiction, costing him jobs, destroying his marriage and landing him in trouble with the law. Finally, he wound up homeless, living on the streets, and it was there that the Lord showed him the way to freedom.
“I was digging in a trash can for food and a friend from the church I’d attended walked up to me and said, ‘Have you ever thought about getting help?’ And he brought me to the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission.”
Pete entered our Transformers Program, where chapel services, Bible studies, counseling and life skills classes strengthened his faith and taught him a new way to live. “When you’re in your addiction, you become programmed to think the way you’re living is normal, but through the word of God, the Rescue Mission taught me different values.”
Pete graduated from the program and is now on our staff, serving in our Maintenance department, mentoring men who are where he once was. “I caused pain all my life and I want to spend the rest of my life helping others,” he says.
This Thanksgiving season – and all through the year – your kind generosity fills hearts with hope and gratitude… and transforms lives through God’s love! “I’m grateful that God has a purpose for me. Before I came to the Rescue Mission, I was hopeless, but now I’ve been renewed.”
To read our Fall 2020 issue of Vision, click here.