At Fort Collins Rescue Mission, we believe people like Daniel can overcome the pain and addictions that cause them to be homeless.
For Daniel, it’s been nearly a decade of struggling against alcoholism, and it all started when he was young. He experimented with marijuana in high school and some drugs in college. “I rebelled,” he says. “I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future, so I drank a lot and was a terrible student.”
About five years ago, his drinking habits brought him to Harvest Farm for the first time. However, after eight months in the New Life Program, he left without graduating.
Despite leaving early, he used the things he learned from the Mission to build a better life. “After that I was able to get a job in aerospace through a friend’s dad,” he explains. “I did that for three years. I fell in love and almost got married. I was trying to grow up and be a man.”
He compares his thoughts about sobriety at the time to the seeds that fell on rocky soil mentioned in chapter 13 of Matthew. His initial success was short lived because he lacked the strong foundation needed to continue growing through challenges. As a result, the house of cards on which he had built his sobriety fell apart when his longterm relationship ended suddenly.
He began drinking heavily again, eventually losing his job and becoming homeless when his family realized their help was actually hindering him. At that point, he only knew one place to go: Fort Collins Rescue Mission.
“The worse things got, the more God showed up,” he says, describing how more and more difficulties kept leading him back to the Mission.
Growing up, he never had to worry about basic needs like food, water or shelter, so being homeless had put his life into perspective. “I had spent a few nights on the mats they provide for emergency shelter guests, but I was drunk at the time and miserable. Knowing that I was going to be in the New Life Program at the Farm and would have a guaranteed bed made me feel rescued.”
He knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but he was overwhelmed with gratitude. “I finally had hope for the future,” he says, describing how he was willing to do anything he needed to do in order to move forward.
While he waited for a spot to open for him at Harvest Farm, Daniel spent his days at the Mission reading the Bible, doing work therapy and learning from staff. “If I had a tough time or needed to talk to someone, everyone made themselves available,” he says describing how staff at the Mission helped him. “You could tell that they cared, and that’s important because when you hit rock bottom, that’s when most people stop caring.”
Today, Daniel is thriving in the New Life Program at Harvest Farm. While he builds a strong foundation for his future, he stays busy with work therapy, Bible studies, counseling, and playing sports with other program participants in his free time. “I just want to say thanks,” he says, thinking about the people who support the Mission and may read his story. “Without the Mission, I don’t know what I would do. It’s a free program, and it’s one of the best programs out there. I’ve gone to the 28-day rehabs that charge you a bunch of money. Often, they don’t do anything for you, and you drink as soon as you leave. I’m grateful for this chance to change my life.”
At Fort Collins Rescue Mission, we believe people like Daniel can overcome the pain and addictions that cause them to be homeless. But they can’t do it without you. Thank you for supporting Fort Collins Rescue Mission with your financial donations, by volunteering and through your prayers. We’re so grateful for the ways you help us show people in need how much God cares for them.
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Daniel's story was featured in the June 2017 issue of Changing Lives titled “Why Caring Matters”
Also in this issue:
- Letter from the CEO
- Easter Celebration Review