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“ The ups and downs were too much for me to handle.”

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“ I would be taking drugs in the bathroom of my parents’ house and then going down for Christmas with mom and dad.”

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“At that time, I had just lost hope… I didn’t even want my life.”

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“Because He lives, I am alive.”

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“The more I walk with God the more I realize how imperfect I am… but yet we serve a holy God that loves us no matter what.”

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“I knew then that God was calling me back to Pacific Garden Mission.”

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“I promised I would seek God the same way I sought drugs, and that’s what led me to Pacific Garden Mission.”

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“When I came to Pacific Garden Mission, my thoughts changed. I renewed my faith…the Hand of God is in this building.”

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“I’m ready to start my life over and let the Lord shine his light through me.”

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“I had nowhere to go…I just wanted to come out of the cold.”

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“I got a wake-up, and God opened my spiritual eyes to discern what was good and bad, how to be humble…”

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“For thirtysomething years of my life, I used crack cocaine.”

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“Things got out of control and I eventually dropped out of school…I was lonely.”

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“My father is an addict. My mom’s an alcoholic, too. I had to grow up really quickly.”

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“I became sick…I lost my job and I became homeless.”

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“When I turned 15 I started getting in trouble again and using heavy drugs. When I was 17 I found heroin.”

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“My life became unmanageable…I burned a lot of bridges. I prayed to God to deliver me from this addiction.”

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“I worthless. Like I didn’t matter to anybody…I was so lonely.”

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“I thought I had failed as a mom. For two years, my daughters and I were homeless, and while my husband, Tony, was in jail, we were bouncing around staying with different family and friends. Some of the people we stayed with were drinking, using drugs, and involved with gangs. I hadn’t realized how toxic and unhealthy some people were until I lived with them…

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From the outside, someone caught in addiction can appear to be simply selfish and seeking self-gratification. But the truth is most of these addictions are just “fruits” masking deeper root problems. A past physical or emotional trauma can turn into a spiritual malady, which can alter the course of an entire life if not addressed. The roots of addition can be many, but often an addiction can stem from this pain and trauma.

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My name is Yvette. I am 29 years old, and I currently live at Pacific Garden Mission with my four-year-old daughter, August. As a child, I grew up in a single parent household.

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Discovering peace instead of pain As Mother’s Day approaches, we have a young mother’s hope-filled testimony of how she was made whole through Jesus You have helped Bethany begin a new life! Delivered from her afflictions, she has recently completed our free 90-day recovery program and gone home to be with her young We hope her story of redemption and freedom from addiction brightens your hearts and minds to the ongoing love and power of God’s God is using your support to powerfully restore many lives at Pacific Garden Bethany “I am Bethany, and I am from Tampa, I came to Pacific Garden Mission because of substance My drug of choice was I knew it was becoming a problem because I would want to drink all day, every I was trying to numb the pain that was inside of “Starting at the age of 12 I would I wasn’t suicidal, but it felt like the pain was leaving me The next day, I would see what I had done to myself and would promise I would not do it again, but I “[As an adult], I also had been hospitalized several times because of my The last time I went, the doctors told my parents that I needed to stop, or I would cause my own “I have a beautiful and intelligent nine-year-old I was in high school when I found out I was pregnant, so I was a young At first, I didn’t see my drinking affecting my I didn’t realize how much it was affecting her until I had a clear “My dad was having heart issues, and he told me his heart could not handle what I, his daughter, was putting him through because he was so worried about “I heard about this place from my I decided to try it, and so I came all the way to Chicago to go to Pacific Garden I joined and completed the 90-day addiction recovery Being here helped me to not only forgive other people but also how to forgive In the past I wasn’t happy with myself, because I thought it was my fault for things that happened to me in my Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy —Proverbs 3:5-6 “The counselors at Pacific Garden Mission have helped me through a lot, and I have grown so At first it was kind of hard to have all of these feelings flow through you, all at once, because I was so used to drinking something to numb the “I am not used to dealing with these emotions, but now I can turn to God and ask Him for I’m nothing but grateful to have If I pray and talk to the Lord, it gives me humbleness and peace—instead of turning to a substance to deal with the “I know when I leave here, I am always going to have He has helped me through I pray to Him almost every day now to give me strength, and He really It’s a great feeling to know that if anything is going wrong in my life, I can just pray about Having a faith-based drug addiction program at PGM is really I don’t think I would have made it through if it “I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders because anywhere I am, whether on the train or walking down the street, I can call upon the I am just really grateful for this experience; it was like I was drawn to As Bethany returns home to her family and daughter as a spiritually renewed woman, she can begin the life God wants for She has found a new life! Amelia, Bethany’s daughter, and the rest of Bethany’s family will now be able to have her back, made whole as a fully functioning follower of You are helping mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters just like Bethany every day through your praying and giving! We ask you to pray for Bethany as she begins her new life and to pray for everyone within the walls of Pacific Garden Thank you for your continued Please help support Pacific Garden Mission today so that more men and women can overcome drug abuse and have a chance at new life in GIVE NOW!
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