For Thanksgiving 2012, Paul sat at The Crossing Café, grateful for a warm holiday meal and a place to stay, but confused and depressed. He came into the program just a week prior, after hitting bottom in his decade-long alcohol addiction.
In 2009, he lost his job due to layoffs during the recession. “Instability would trigger a downward spiral with alcohol. I was living with my mom, only getting temporary work, didn’t have a car, and was running out of money. I knew that something needed to change,” Paul says.
He took the program one day at a time, gaining confidence in himself along the way. “I was so comforted just by being here, knowing I was in the right place, doing the right thing,” he says.
Paul found Christ at the Mission through talking with chaplains and began to see God’s grace change his life: “I have spiritual maturity because of this place. I love the Lord with all of my heart, soul and mind. I used to be so full of anxiety and I have peace now.”
Paul started a full-time job in his career field this September and with it came a new outlook on life. “God gave
me the wisdom to understand myself. I can confront reality now. Not only am I sober, but I have discernment,” he says.
This Thanksgiving, Paul is full of hope and looking forward to stability. He is well on his way to achieving his goal of self-sufficiency, but will always reflect on where he started: “Much like addiction, homelessness doesn’t discriminate. People, anyone, can fall to so many different degrees. But there is a way back up and it’s through a personal relationship with Jesus.”
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Paul's story was featured in the November 2013 issue of Changing Lives titled "Thanksgiving Blessings."
Also in this issue:
- Letter from the CEO
- Please Help With Holiday Meals
- Save the Date for Colorado Gives Day
- Sporting Clay Shoot
- Workplace Giving