“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…
Imagine having the very foundation of your life ripped out from underneath you and tragically taken. At only five years of age, Felix witnessed his mother’s murder and the subsequent suicide of his father. After a lifetime of anger and search for wholeness—and nearly a decade of homelessness—Felix came to Pacific Garden Mission, where with your help, he is now building a new foundation upon the One who will never leave him . . . Jesus Christ!
“I was an introvert growing up and was very shy. I grew up in a Christian home, a strict household where no one in my family cursed or drank. I went to college never having had a drink, but I started experimenting, drinking, and partying. The pull of cocaine was that it helped me not be shy and get out of my shell. I was off to the races.”
Alone and afraid . . . two of the most commonly used words people share when first describing their experience with homelessness. Transcending the gigantic hurdles of homelessness may seem like a daunting task—but you, as the donor, help to change those words of fear and despair into words of hope and happiness.