Charles’s Story

Our client Charles, in a gray beanie and brown jacket against a brick backdrop.

Finding Compassion and Dignity

Every morning, I wake up with a chance and a choice. Here at City Rescue Mission, you gave me the chance to overcome many hardships. So I’m making the choice to be a better man.

I grew up hustling. Doing anything I could to get ahead in life. I have a criminal record to show for it. And even though I’ve always felt at home on the streets, I realized something.

I’d given God a million reasons to give up on me. He never did. That’s why I came here.

Since then, I’ve noticed a more compassionate side of myself. Maybe it’s because this is the first place I’ve been treated with such dignity and kindness. I like to help out around the Mission, feeding and encouraging others. I have a brotherhood with the other men in the program. We hold each other accountable. We lift each other up on the toughest days.

Whatever happens next in my life, I’ll meet the future with a servant’s heart. When I graduate, I’ll never forget this place. And I won’t forget the part you played in my recovery.


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