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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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