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.

Bill WheelerAfter about 20 years of being chronically homeless because of severe alcoholism, I had finally reached the point of total despair. I knew in my heart that this was no longer a battle that I could fight on my own. Nothing else but complete surrender would be a option for me now.

After completing and graduating from the program the Lord continues to bless me immensely on a daily basis. I am now a cancer survivor with a new zeal for life. I am also a member of a wonderful church where I was baptized, and now serve as an usher.

After being unemployed for many years, I am working 2 steady jobs. One of them is working with the homeless men that enter the Missions emergency shelter on Taylor Street. It is both humbling and rewarding experience to work and lend a helping hand, where I too once laid my head. Such an incredible place to witness and encourage “temporarily” lost souls.

PSALM 34:18
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

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