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CITY RESCUE MISSION


Ken's Story


For Ken, it felt as though he’d suffer addiction his entire life. Since age fifteen, this had been Ken’s struggle and stronghold. “I was at the end of the rope, and the end of the rope is a beautiful thing.”Ken tried multiple rehab options and found none worked for him. He continued deeper into his addiction. Failing to find help in so many places, he knew he had let go the control of addiction.  He called this the “gift of desperation." 

 

Ready to let God intervene, Ken entered the Mission’s Recovery Program. Ken began the program open minded. He studied God’s word and applied it to his life. Like all men in the program, he was given a safe place to sleep, daily meals and additional care. The structured program is biblically-based and teaches men how God can change them and overcome issues such as addiction. Men attend chapel services, discipleship classes while receiving support from Mission staff and volunteers. Ken adopted a new mindset: “I try to have the heart of a servant and the mind of a student.” In his most important transformation, Ken accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.    

 

"Hanging on does more damage than letting go

Ten months after coming to the Mission, Ken graduated from the Men’s Recovery Program. Ken credits the City Rescue Mission with saving his life.  “I’m extremely grateful to all the pastors, staff and volunteers for showing me grace while I went through this process. “ Humble and tender-hearted, Ken now puts his trust in God.

 

Ken serves as a Mission front desk worker. With a love for others, Ken looks for opportunities to encourage men new to the Recovery Program. “When somebody new comes in the door, I see myself.” Remebering how he felt the first day in the program, Ken’s goal is to help men struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. With his servant’s heart, Ken is confident. Showing tears of joy, he recites his favorite verse of scripture, Romans 12:2. “It’s not over. I have a lot of work to do. I have to stay in the Word and apply the Word to my life.” Ken encourages anyone to enter the Mission’s recovery program: “If I can do it , anyone can.”