While in the program, Eddie allowed God to change his heart. Now, ten years later, he is employed full time in a laboratory warehouse and does odd jobs such as landscaping.

There was a point in time when Eddie didn't want to live. "I was standing on the verge of death," he says.

Eddie moved to Colorado shortly after graduating from high school. "I was a victim of the streets ever since I left home. I had so many long, lost and lonely nights," he explains. "Then I started selling drugs. I had all this popularity—everyone loved Eddie, and I was somebody." He got several misdemeanors, got into bar brawls, and according to him became "the world's biggest drunk." This cycle went on well into his 20s.

The night before Eddie joined the New Life Program, he drank nearly a gallon of whiskey and woke up on the sidewalk outside Jesus Saves at 4:30 A.M., in sub-zero weather, with no money and no idea where he was. He had never been there before and still to this day doesn't know how he got there.

That was the day he entered the program. "Something made me come alive that day," he exclaims.

Chaplain Chuck Lortie helped him realize he was angry and had a lot of hate in his heart. "Chaplain Chuck would say, 'Eddie, you know what, drugs and alcohol might not be your greatest problem—your problem just might be you.'"

"I've lived by that ever since."

While in the program, Eddie allowed God to change his heart. Now, ten years later, he is employed full time in a laboratory warehouse and does odd jobs such as landscaping.

He still keeps in touch with Chaplain Lortie and Chaplain Steve Swihart and says that without supporters like you, he wouldn't be where he is today.

Our hearts overflow with gratitude that you are willing to help Eddie—and other people like him—allow God to make a lasting change their life!


CLN November 2014

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Eddie's story was featured in the November 2014 issue of Changing Lives titled "Gratitude."

Also in this issue:

  • Letter from the CEO
  • You Can Help with Thanksgiving Meals
  • Save the Date for Colorado Gives Day
  • Workplace Giving
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