"The Christian way of life is so positive for me. It's helped me make wiser decisions and become a better person,” says Jim.

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Two years ago, Jim had a good job, a girlfriend, a great apartment, and a solid group of friends. Money troubles and homelessness were the furthest things from his mind. But within a week's time, he experienced a bad breakup and lost his job. This led to the loss of his apartment and his lifestyle. In the spring of 2013, he found himself with no money and nowhere to sleep. He came to Fort Collins from Denver, hoping a change of scenery would help his chances at finding a job. “I never expected myself to be in any kind of situation like that. I thought I would always have a job and never fall on bad times. I thought I would always be successful due to my hard work and diligence,” says Jim, still surprised by his circumstances.

He came to Fort Collins Rescue Mission at the end of his second day in the city: “It felt like I had nowhere else to turn. Dave [Facility Assistant] told me about the Steps to Success program and about living life for Jesus Christ. I had always believed in God, but I didn't really think that it would help me,” remembers Jim. He entered the program eight days later.

Jim put his skills to work and started cooking for guests in the Mission’s kitchen. “You should try my blueberry pancakes!” he encourages diners. He also utilized the networks and experience of the staff to build his resume and apply for jobs in Fort Collins. Within two weeks of being in the program, Jim was employed full-time at a restaurant in town. “I’ve maintained a full-time job, and I'm putting money away to save for permanent housing and to pay off my student loans,” he explains.

Jim goes to class each Wednesday night at the Mission to strengthen his faith and grow in his knowledge of the Bible. “I accepted Christ after a month at the Mission,” he says: “I realized that God has a plan for me. I read the Bible all the time now. I have a home church; I go to Bible study. I'm trying to be active in the community.”

Jim is looking at housing and wants to be in his own apartment by the holidays. He’s excited to start his new life and to give back to those less fortunate than he. “Eventually, I'd like to come back and volunteer at the Mission. It's not about money for me; it's about giving back. Now I know I have a purpose in life, and with His guidance I can get through anything,” Jim says with determination. Your support helps men like Jim realize God’s plan for their lives!

Jim’s favorite place at the Mission is working in the kitchen. “Coming to the program was the best decision I ever made. I've established some community support here and made some positive friends!”

CLN September 2013

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Jim's story was featured in the September 2013 issue of Changing Lives titled "A Purposeful Life"

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