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Jeffrey grew up in a Christian home but, when he was just 14, he got drunk for the first time and alcohol took hold hard and fast, controlling his life for the next 40 years. “I believed in God, but I just drifted away,” he says. “I was a functioning alcoholic, able to hold down jobs, but my relationships fell apart because of my drinking.”

He spent nearly two decades as an over-the-road truck driver, a life that further isolated him from others. Then his mother fell critically ill, and he quit work to take care of her. “After she died, I hit bottom. I was constantly drunk.”

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Our faith in moving the Union Rescue Mission forward has grown the last 100 days as Eagles Wing has risen to new heights. Construction is ahead of schedule. The estimated completion date is April/May 2019.

The journey from homelessness to reintegration passes through separate phases of recovery, rebuilding, restoration and redirection of a man’s life.

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“Growing up was fine,” he says. “I graduated high school with high grades, went on to college, became a telemarketer, started making a lot of money and worked my way up to management.”

But, all the while, he was battling an addiction to alcohol, exacerbated by the stress of his profession. “Life became all about getting numbers and approval,” he says. “I had a lot of issues with anxiety.”

Eventually, his drinking began to take a toll on his work and his physical health. “It got to where I didn’t go to work,” he says. “Then I wound up in the hospital. I was in bad shape.”

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Curtis was getting high again, but this time, he was haunted by images of his grandchildren. 

“I thought of my children telling my grandkids that I was in a rehab or dead. I didn’t want them to have to tell that story.” 

Curtis started experimenting with drugs when he was 27, eventually walking away from his relationship with the Lord. “Over 23 years, my use went from experimental to recreational to a dependence,” he says. “I lost many jobs, my marriage and good relationships with my kids.” 

One night when he needed a place to stay, Curtis came to the Mission’s Emergency Shelter. It was then he learned of our New Beginnings life-change program and decided it was for him. “I had had enough. I was whipped. I said, ‘I must change.’” 

Graduates of the Union Rescue Mission’s discipleship and recovery programs will have a smoother transition back into society when the Mission completes its recently-announced Faithfully Forward campaign.

Mission leaders unveiled plans for a 24-unit housing complex, known as Eagles Wing, that will be built on URM’s six-acre campus on North Hillside.  The $3.5 million project will include one-bedroom and studio apartments for men who complete one of the Mission’s many rehabilitation programs.  The project also includes new administrative offices and a community room that will double as a storm shelter.

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Darryl Burton's powerful story rattled us as he shared how a life sentence for a murder he never committed set him on a path that would eventually help him find true freedom in the arms of Christ.  If you were unable to attend, or would like to watch Darryl's story, please follow the Youtube link Here.

But with no money for a formal education, he was honing his culinary skills as best he could in fast food restaurants or wherever he found work as a cook. So when he learned that the Union Rescue Mission had a culinary job-training program, he jumped at the chance to take part.

Soon, under the tutelage of our Mission chefs, “I wasn’t just making burgers and hot dogs anymore,” he explains. “I was cooking new dishes like Mexican lasagna and beef stroganoff for the first time, and the guys here were telling me I was doing a good job.”

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And with the continued encouragement of our staff and guests, he says his life has changed dramatically. “I’ve been in a position where I was ready to give up, to throw in the towel,” he shares. “But with God’s help, the Mission pulled me out of that hole.”

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When Greg was young, he wanted nothing more than his father’s approval. “I was always trying to get my dad to tell me I did a good job, but he never would,” Greg says. “I felt like he was ashamed of me.”

Greg was saved when he was nine years old, but he grew up believing God was ashamed of him, as well. Along the way, he began abusing alcohol, magnifying his sense of shame. “I tried every possible remedy I could to stop drinking – church, treatment centers, Bible studies – but nothing worked,” he says. “When you love God, but you can’t get rid of a sin, you live in turmoil.”

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