Tracy’s Story

Our client Tracy smiles at the camera wearing red-framed glasses and yellow lanyard

Finding Stability and Purpose

Engine trouble brought Tracy to City Rescue Mission. But in truth, she’d been running on fumes — in body and spirit — for years.

“My husband and I were long-haul truck drivers,” Tracy explains. The truck was their livelihood as well as their home. When it broke down here in Oklahoma City, the couple couldn’t afford an expensive fix. They stayed in hotels until their money ran out.

With options dwindling, Tracy and her husband arrived at the Mission in search of overnight shelter. But this place of refuge, made possible by your faithful generosity, gave Tracy time and space to assess her own situation.

“My drinking problem had gotten really bad,” Tracy shares. After that realization, she took a leap of faith. “I heard about the Bridge to Life program and jumped on that.” She noticed a change for the better almost immediately.

“Suddenly I had stability, a schedule and people who care about me,” Tracy says. It was a night-and-day difference compared to life on the road.

In fact, God’s miraculous plan was only beginning to unfold. Decades of smoking and drinking had done a severe number on Tracy’s health. Soon after arriving at City Rescue Mission, she needed an emergency lung operation. You were there for her every step of the way — lending love and support throughout her recovery.

“People at the Mission were watching over me,” Tracy says. “They helped me get health insurance, called an ambulance when I needed one and checked on me every day at the hospital.”

“If it wasn’t for this Mission,” she continues, “I wouldn’t be alive today.”

Tracy recently celebrated a full year of sobriety. She’s thriving in the work readiness program. And someday soon, she and her husband will move into a place of their very own.

During her stay at the Mission, Tracy discovered a passion for helping others who’ve faced similar hardships. She hopes to someday repay your belief and generosity by returning as a caseworker.

Thank you for putting Tracy on the road to recovery at City Rescue Mission.

“Not only did I find God again,” she says, “but I found my purpose in life.”

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