When Wayne came to the Springfield Rescue Mission, his story resonated with many people—
A series of events led to Wayne losing everything—his home, his family and his hope. He knew he was responsible for the disaster his life had become, and when he arrived at the Rescue Mission, he had reached his breaking point.
The day the rest of Don’s life began, there was doubt he’d even survive until nightfall . . .
“I was downtown,” he recalls. “When the Springfield Rescue Mission food service coordinator, Damon, came with volunteers to give out something to eat and drink. They handed me a sandwich and a cup, which I tried to put up to my mouth and spilled, I was shaking so bad.
After Richard left the military, he found himself turning inward, consumed with keeping his head down, focused . . . but only on himself, he admits. “The results of this life produced a selfish, rude person.” He says. “I was empty.”
After undergoing approximately one year of chemotherapy for my non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, and a Splenectomy, I had lost all hope. On October 20th of 2015 I decided to turn my life over to Christ. I then entered the SEM’s New Life Program for Men.
After hitting rock bottom of Clinical depression, Andres found help and hope here: “I never saw myself being at the Rescue Mission, ever. I had a good career and what I thought was a good relationship with the Lord, which I didn’t know was broken. But today, I’m trusting that He’s going to keep opening doors, and that’s where I am!”
Ryan grew up being involved in church, but he was also being involved with alcohol as a teen. He told us, "Nothing good ever happened to me while I was under the influence of alcohol. I lost jobs, lost meaningful relationships and I also hurt family and good friends." He's been in and out of programs and detox for the past ten years. Then he decided to come to the Springfield Rescue Mission...
Steve went through some really tough times. His wife was sick for a long time, and he numbed his pain with alcohol. Steve's wife passed away three days before their 15th anniversary, and he spiraled downhill fast, losing his job, becoming homeless and estranged from his children. But thanks to you, that's not the end of the story ...
Adam came from a broken family and tried to hide his pain and confusion by self-medicating with pot in his early 20's. As the years went by, he experimented with cocaine and prescription pills. By the age of 29 he found himself to be a full blown addict. Adam said, “At this point, I was waking up dope-sick and trying to make it through the day. I thought I was happy when I was high, but I was truly miserable. I was working two jobs, but I never had any money. The pills got too expensive so I tried heroin. I ended up with an incredible habit that was drowning me. I lost the jobs, I lost the place where I was staying and I became homeless.” Last Christmas, Adam was using cocaine heavily. He was ordered by a judge to get into a rehabilitation program. That’s when he found the Springfield Rescue Mission.
Life would be so much easier if accepting Christ as Savior instantly transformed all our thoughts and behaviors—but Jason knows it doesn’t work that way.
After giving his heart to Christ in April 2006, he knew he was up against a fierce battle with the “old man” in him, all the “garbage” in his soul and spirit left by his childhood.