How Meals Change Lives
Byron is in his late 50s, and has done drugs since he was 11 years old. He was on amphetamines by the time he was 14. He was shooting meth by the time he was 21. Byron didn't have strong parental influences, so the only thing he learned was to follow the wrong path.
In spite of the drug use, he worked steadily, hanging drywall—but he'd turn his paycheck into drugs every week. And he lived like this for 20 years! He fell in love and married a good woman, and tried to quit the booze and the drugs. In fact, he stayed off meth for 13 years!
But Byron couldn't stay away from the alcohol.
His drinking took him down. Byron says, "I became abusive towards my wife and she had me removed with a protection order." Less than a month later, he was back on meth. "It was like I'd never quit."
Then everything spun out of control. He ended up in trouble with the law and in jail.
But Byron was desperate to change his life. So, when he was released from jail, he walked over to our River of Life building in nothing but a tank top, shorts, flip flops and a light jacket.
"I had no food, no nothing. Nothing at all."
Like so many others, he came to us for food but found so much more.
And today, his life is changed!
"I'm in the New Life Program that's teaching me a new way to live and giving me the tools to battle addiction. I don't want to use anymore." That's the power of God at work through our New Life Discipleship Recovery Program.
But we can't change lives like Byron's without your help.
Lives are changed here at the Rescue Mission, and it almost always starts with a meal. Just like the meals you can provide for $2.09 today!