Finding Help and Healing

A Life Transformed After 20 Years
on the Street

After living on the street for over 20 years, Marcus* knows what it means to go without a meal, to be so desperate for food that anything will do, including leftovers in garbage bins. But one night, a chef saw Marcus digging through the trash behind the restaurant where she worked. They began to talk, and Marcus agreed to let her connect him with the Mission.

“We don’t always know why someone hits rock bottom,” Erin Goodin, City Rescue Mission President and CEO, says. “What we do know is they come to the right place here, where we can change lives with meals.”

Marcus had been suffering from diabetes and a severe foot infection. We immediately got him the medical care he needed. And when his health stabilized, he entered the Recovery Program, one of the Bridge to Life programs.

Surrounded by kind-hearted people and having his basic needs met for the first time in decades, Marcus began to heal, and let God begin to work in him — work that continues today. Because of the support of our community, we were ready and able to help Marcus when he turned to us for help.

[*name changed for privacy]

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