Have you ever found yourself in a tough situation as the result of circumstances you could not control? I’m betting the answer to that question is, “Yes, absolutely.” This is how Kelly came to the Mission. Kelly came to us in December. He’s 57, from a small town in Wyoming, and has been driving trucks for 40 years. “I got my CDL when I was 17,” he shares. Kelly has never stayed in a shelter before but found himself in need of some support in December when his boss decided to park his trucks for the winter. Kelly was left without any income and, unfortunately, had no savings to fall back on.
Your donation today helps people like Kelly have a safe place to plan their next steps. Kelly shared with me that it didn’t occur to him to come to a shelter at first because of “pride, stupid selfish pride.” He says he’s pulled himself out of tough situations before. “I shot up dope for thirty years, and I've been clean of the needle for seven years. And that kinda helps me to put other things in focus in my life,” Kelly says. “I didn't exactly go through the 12 step program or anything, I think I just got tired of being tired of being tired.” Although he’s conquered a lot on his own, Kelly is now realizing the value of allowing others to help. Like many of our clients, Kelly is eager to begin working and supporting himself again. He’s intelligent, friendly, and has tons of energy and drive. None of this would be possible without the help of generous friends like you!
“I know I'm capable of working, and I know I can make a good meaningful contribution to wherever I work, and the fact that I'm not out there actually doing that right this minute kinda bothers me all the time.” Kelly is working with our Case Workers to search for steady employment again and has a plan to stay at the Mission and work until he’s saved enough for a reliable car. “I'm just thankful that there is a place like this. I don't think you should rest on your laurels once you get here, I think it should be an opportunity to step forward and improve yourself.”
When I asked Kelly about his outlook on the future, he said, “I'm just gonna be honest with you. I'm just trying to be patient right now, and I think diligence and patience are a couple good qualities and I think that if you put yourself in position for the Lord's favor, things are gonna happen. Good things will happen.”
Friends like you make it possible for the Mission to help people like Kelly.
Your generosity and support of the Mission have given Kelly what he needs for now and he is well on his way to rebuilding his life. Thank you for being the difference in Kelly’s life.