From Drugs to Donor

Nearly three years ago, Carrie began giving to City Rescue Mission. After spending time volunteering for various organizations (some focused on helping homeless men and women), she decided to find a charity that resonated with her calling to give – and her own experience.

Life looked a lot different for Carrie when she was younger. Caught up in drug use and a string of poor choices, she found herself directionless, with a boyfriend in prison and a baby on the way. Having a family that believed in her and wanted her to get back on track changed everything.

She cleaned up. She went to school. She got a stable job. She created a new life.

“Without my parents and a couple of my aunts, we would not have had the foundation to get ourselves going again. Basically they were the miracle. And that’s what I feel like this place is for people. This place helps them make a plan and get their life going.”

A strong support system is something she feels privileged to have had during the hardest time in her life, and now she wants to help others get the support they need.

“A lot of people don’t have someone. And if they don’t, this is that place. The Bible says ‘help the least of these.’ I want to help people who need help getting on their feet.”

Carrie likes that giving to City Rescue Mission means giving someone the chance at a new life, like the second chance she was given. Her faith and knowing her money will go toward helping men and women beyond their basic needs – with job training, education and spiritual guidance – is why she will be a forever donor.

“Someone you know is one step away from needing this place, if it’s not you yourself.”


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