“My son is so happy that I’m here!”(...continued from home page...)
He stayed with his brother here in Rochester for a couple of weeks, but Howard saw himself as a “burden” on them. That’s when he came to our rescue and shelter center, The Samaritan House.
Rules are rules. And our rules are no drugs and no alcohol.
Howard was happy to comply. He started volunteering – helping with breakfast, doing the laundry and learning about our Christian Life Recovery Program.
“I didn’t think I needed God 24/7,” says Howard. “But then, I thought, ‘I tried for 45 years on my own; what’s so bad about a year with God?’”
Today, Howard’s very glad he made the decision to come into the program. “I’m getting to understand Him and why we’re on this earth. I can have eternal life – that’s a no-brainer!”
In addition to his relationship with God, Howard is building new bonds with his family. “My 15 year old is ecstatic,” Howard says with a big smile. “He says, ‘Dad, if that’s what you feel you need to do, by all means, do it.’”
Howard’s starting to see the other rewards in the program he’s pursuing. His exes are talking to him now because they recognize a change in him that’s “definitely for the better.”
And Howard has more confidence in himself. “I can look at myself in the mirror now, and I look at others with more respect. The Mission is showing me how to get back into society. They’re giving me the skills I need to go forward and live my life again.”
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