"While in the program, I realized my need for physical and spiritual restoration. I had been looking for satisfaction in my marriage. When that failed, I turned to alcohol.
Richard came to the Easter banquet and later joined the New Life Program in 2012, and his experience was life-changing. He shared his story with us for Easter 2015:
"When I came to the Mission, I was spiritually dead and at the end of my rope. I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for more than 20 years before coming to Denver. In 2001, I met a girl named Carol. We hit it off right away and stayed in touch after she returned to Colorado. About a year later we got married, and I moved to Colorado.
I found a job with an in-home consulting agency installing window treatments. I stayed with them for seven years. During that time, my wife and I had a good life together. But somewhere along the line we drifted apart and finally divorced.
That’s when things became difficult.
In frustration I turned to alcohol. I drank more and more, but things just got worse. After being convicted of driving under the influence and losing my driver’s license, I also lost my job. Before I knew it I was out of my house and on the street.
One day, someone told me about the New Life Program at Denver Rescue Mission. I had nowhere to turn and knew I needed help, so I reached out to the Mission. On July 31, 2012, I entered the New Life Program.
While in the program, I realized my need for physical and spiritual restoration. I had been looking for satisfaction in my marriage. When that failed, I turned to alcohol, but that only failed as well. I needed something more. Finally, I accepted Jesus as my Savior and began to grow closer to God.
As my relationship with God was restored, other things in my life began to be restored as well. I made a list of people I had harmed and called my former employer to apologize. They were receptive and even hired me again. God restored the job I had lost! Beyond that, I’ve worked my way up to foreman and now am a lead installer.
I’ve also reconciled with Carol, and our friendship has been restored.
I’m becoming the person God meant for me to be and have been sober and living successfully for nearly 3 years. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, my life and hope are being restored. I’m so thankful to the Mission for helping change my life."
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Richard's story was featured in the March 2015 issue of Changing Lives titled "Restoring Hope."
Also in this issue:
- Letter from the CEO
- Groundbreaking: Lawrence Street Community Center
- Presidents’ Day Serving Event
- FREE Brochure: 5 Smart Things You Can Do Today to Help Your Family Tomorrow