Rob’s Story

Rob Alvos of City Rescue Mission faces the camera wearing a black zip-up jacket

Miracles and Second Chances

Thirteen years ago, my life changed forever. A random shooting left me paralyzed from the chest down. Doctors in the trauma unit told my parents, “It will be a true miracle if he makes it.”

Today, I’m living proof that miracles are real. But I’m not the only one. As a case manager at City Rescue Mission, I bear witness to the second chances made possible here every single day.

“A lot of people call this a homeless shelter, but that’s only part of the story.”

The generosity of this community creates a resource center with everything an individual could need to move forward with their life. There are basics like food and overnight shelter, of course. Those mean the world to men, women and families who arrive with just the clothes on their backs.

Of course, that’s only the start of the path back to hope. Real change happens over time, as people receive access to job placement and secure housing. It’s truly fulfilling to see men, women and families leave this place with joy in their hearts for what the future may bring.

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