Anyone CAN get off the streets
It’s tempting to think that people like Ron can never get off the streets and kick addiction.
“Pretty much everybody in my family is addicted to something,” he says. “I started smoking weed with my parents at 15 years old. That was our bonding. We would have smoke weed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
As you can imagine, Ron battled addiction his whole life. He’s been homeless since he was 22.
By all logical accounts, Ron should still be on the streets. He should still be addicted. . . or dead. But instead, he’s sober, and for the first time since he was 13, he’s stayed sober for 10 months.
All because he came to the Mission and God used friends like you to provide basic essentials like a hot, nourishing meal, a warm shower and a dry bed. Those essentials opened the door to our Genesis recovery program that Ron is in right now.
“This place has given me things that everybody takes for granted. A bed, a meal. Without the Mission, I wouldn't be sober. I’d be out under a bridge or on Broadway.”
People Change Here because friends like you give meals. Even just one $2.05 meal can be the start of a life no one ever thought was possible.
*Names and images changed to protect the privacy of our guests