Thanks to you…

Tim is grateful & blessed this Thanksgiving
because of your support


I learned how to drink and work, which was my downfall…

Growing up, Tim had a love-hate relationship with his father. “He was an alcoholic and never expressed love toward us. He beat me and my brother… hit my mother.”

Tim’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer when Tim was a teenager, so he dropped out of school to care for him until he died. But the biggest pain was when Tim’s mom died soon after.   

“I put her in the ground on my 17th birthday… to this day I still have a deep love for her.”    

Tim went back to high school, graduating and going to college for a semester, but then fell in with a bad crowd. “I learned how to drink and work, which was my downfall. I continued to do that for 30 years.”    

Eventually, Tim’s drinking caught up with him and he became homeless. Then a man walked by Tim in the park one day and told him he didn’t have to live that way. “In a moment of clarity, I jumped on a bus, went to Sacramento and was accepted into Union Gospel Mission.”

“I love the fact that God chose me to help others… it’s just one of the blessings He has given me.” 

In our care, Tim accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and the Gospel message healed him from the inside out. The structure and stability gave him a community of support and love he had never experienced.

Tim first started cooking in the Mission kitchen in our Men’s Rehabilitation Program. He asked to continue as an intern after graduating, and then stepped in as our Kitchen Manager when the previous gentleman resigned.

For 10 years, Tim has served on staff. “It’s just a pleasure and a privilege to be here… I have a sense of peace. I thank God that He chose me to be a steward of his storehouse and I will continue to serve others… do whatever He needs me to do.”

Tim’s heart is overflowing with gratitude this Thanksgiving because YOUR loving support gave him the confidence and support to rebuild his life. “At the Mission, we give people hope. My heart’s full and I’m just blessed.”

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Help other people like Tim…

Tim’s story of hope and healing is inspiring. Our recovery programs exist to help other neighbors find healing. Will you provide this help to others?

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