Every week we meet men and women who are down on their luck and looking for guidance on how to get back to a better place. Your faithful partnership ensures that men and women experiencing homelessness can come to us for help. Thank you for making a “new start” possible for every man and woman who comes through our doors. Alonzo came to us from Arlington, VA, where he says the cost of living is very high, and jobs are becoming scarce. It was already hard to make ends meet, but after his divorce, his depression got so bad that he tried to commit suicide and ended up in a psychiatric hospital. “My life was just so down,” Alonzo shares.The hospital helped him get stabilized with his medications and therapy, but he wasn’t sure what to do from that point. A friend recommended that he spend some time at Northlands Rescue Mission, so he hopped on a bus and rode for 3 days. He came to the Mission looking for help in his recovery process. Hesuffers from schizophrenia and depression. He has had a hard time coping with his divorce. Our staff has helped Alonzo with obtaining his medications. He has started attending AA and NA meetings regularly to further his recovery; and is receiving therapy to improve his mental health. Alonzo is not alone in his struggle with mental illness. Men and women come to us every week fighting battles like his. We are here to help them start over. Every form of help that we offer is only possible because your generosity enables our team to be here. We help each person identify the steps they need to make a better life. With the help and encouragement of our social workers, they are able to work through these steps. You give people like Alonzo, a grandfather of three, a safe place to sleep at night and the encouragement they need. They are able to work with our social workers who will help them connect with community services, find steady work, and obtain safe housing. “I came here the end of July, and on the second of September, I got a job. And so it ‘upped’ my spirit even more. And I’m so well pleased,” Alonzo shares. Alonzo knows the things that he has to do now to stay on track. “I feel good about myself. I'm taking my medication. Praying. I read the Bible. I am a Christian. This will be the first time in some years that I've been content and happy with myself. And so, I look forward to my future.” Your gift of $40 or more will help others like Alonzo get back on their feet, find permanent housing and give them the support they need to keep fighting for a better life. As Alonzo says, “this place helps people to live again.”
Thank you for making it possible for men and women like Alonzo to have a place to start over.