Not everyone who comes to the Mission is homeless. Sometimes people just need a safe, stable place to rediscover their independence; other times, they need help finding the courage to embrace a clean and sober life.
In Bud’s case, he needed both.
When he turned 18, Bud joined the military, proud and excited to serve his country. What he never expected was how a highly structured, disciplined military life would actually take him deeper into an addiction to alcohol.
After he left military service, Bud just couldn’t hold down a job for longer than a few months. His drinking always came first.
Then one day, he stopped in at the local police station to report a theft. “I thought I was helping them catch the culprit,” he remembers. “But instead, I was the one who got help that day. The policeman told me about the Mission.”
When Bud entered our year-long, New Beginnings life-change program, he was immediately impacted. “Right away, I started learning that I don’t need alcohol to have fun or to get through life.”
Bud’s not only said “no” to alcohol, but he’s also saying “yes!” to God.
Before the Mission, Bud’s faith was “non-existent.” Then, he began opening himself up to God’s love through friendships, chapel services and our Celebrate Recovery group. “I feel more content, knowing that I don’t have to be in control anymore. I always wanted to do things myself, but after being here, I’ve learned that it’s all in God’s hands.”
Bud graduated from the program on a Friday, and returned to work the next Monday! He now works as an automotive mechanic and is focused on being a present father for his two sons.
He’s grateful to the Mission, and to people like you, for giving him a place to discover how incredible a sober, faith-filled life can be. “I’ll always come back here to volunteer because I know firsthand just how much this program changes lives.”
Help other men like Bud…
Bud’s story of hope and healing is inspiring. Our New Beginnings Program exists to help other men in the Wichita area find healing. Will you help provide this help to others?