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"I'm at peace with myself."

1116_odm_nl_02.jpgTerry had a job and an apartment, but he was laid off and soon discovered that unemployment compensation didn’t cover his expenses. “I couldn’t afford to pay rent where I was, and I had no place to go,” he says.

He grabbed as much clothing as he could carry and walked to our Samaritan House Crisis Housing Center, leaving the rest of his belongings outside his apartment. They were stolen before he could get back to retrieve them.

“When I got here, I didn’t have anything,” he says. “But they treated me really well. I ate my meals here, got my laundry done, got clothes, boots, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and razors.”

While staying at the Center, Terry worked as a day laborer and went to Social Services to secure affordable housing. “It was really stressful, but the chapel services they have here each day relieved a lot of the stress,” he says. “Since coming here, I’ve grown a lot spiritually. I’m more patient. I’m calmer, and I’m at peace with myself.”

Terry had been using alcohol and drugs off and on for several years, but the spiritual nurturing he received through Bible studies and chapels led him to change his lifestyle.

“There were people I hung around with who were into drugs and drinking and I cut them off one by one,” he says. “I’ve been clean and sober for two years now and it feels good.”

Terry has his own place now, but he still attends our weekly Bible studies and evening chapels.

“God sent me here,” he says. “I love the staff. They’ve helped me be honest about my life and learn to love myself.”

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