How a Meal helped Maxine Move Off the Street
Before Maxine came to Everett Gospel Mission, she struggled with addiction. She had lost her job and her home. She lived in her car in a parking lot, sometimes going days without eating. “It’s horrible. You can’t sleep,” Maxine says. “All you’re thinking about is food 24/7.”
But as hungry as she was, Maxine hesitated to come to the Mission for one simple reason: she was scared. After years of being bullied and mistreated, she didn’t know if she could trust anyone – even people at the Mission. But thanks to donors like you, she discovered that people cared about her.
Maxine was given a healthy, delicious meal. It was served with kindness and sincerity, and allowed her to finally feel safe.
She began building relationships with her caseworker and other guests. The support and encouragement they gave helped her complete our recovery program and overcome her addiction. When she was ready, we helped guide her through the forms and steps to find housing she could afford.
“If it wasn’t for the Mission, I probably wouldn’t be alive right now,” Maxine says. “I was at my lowest... and the Mission is a beacon of hope.”