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Eric's Story

Clean and sober four years!

Alcohol was part of Eric’s life as early as he can remember. Growing up on Chicago’s West Side, he worked after school in one of the bars his dad owned. “Dad had liver problems – part of his alcoholism – and my Mom was addicted to other drugs.”

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When Eric was 14, his dad died. “Mom wasn’t able to take care of me, so I was adopted by the couple who were my grief counselors.”

Eric moved with his new parents to Iowa but continued to drink throughout high school and into college. “I thought it was a normal part of life, something I could handle.” But his addiction escalated when a girlfriend died in a drunk driving accident.

The next 23 years were filled with a failed marriage, lost jobs, incarceration for DUI’s, and, finally, a full year of sobriety after moving to Kentucky. It was then that Eric heard about the Mission and applied to live at The Potter’s House.

“I chose this place because it’s faith-based. It was a good decision.”

“Nobody here cares where you’ve come from…that I’d had DUI’s and a bad marriage. They care about what my walk is today and that I’m moving forward!”

“The program helped me further my recovery and continue to grow in my relationship with Christ. I’ve grown leaps and bounds since I’ve been here, not only in my recovery but in my relationship.”

“Now celebrating his fourth year of sobriety, Eric manages the Goodwill that’s just down the street from Mission.”

“Something I focus on every day is showing gratitude. Not only following the rules, but giving back and helping others. People here truly care about their relationship with Christ, and they love Christ, and they show that love to us. That motivates me to show love to others.”

Thank you for helping Eric grow in his new life through your partnership!


Steve's Story

God wanted me to be here.”

Steve grew up in a home where his family “didn’t really go to church a lot.” His Mom was God-fearing, and his father became that way later in life, but Steve didn’t really start growing in his faith until he learned to lean on the Lord.

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Drinking and drugs got him “in a bad way,” eventually leading to a separation from his wife and arrest. “That changed my life forever,” he says. “I might not be alive today if that hadn’t happened. I realize that God was looking out for me, even when I didn’t think He was.”

A long-term treatment center put Steve back on the right track, and it was there that he learned about the Lexington Rescue Mission and applied for a place at The Potter’s House. “I didn’t have a job. I didn’t have a place to go. I didn’t have footing.”

“It was the best decision I made in my life.”

“The guys here have helped me in my walk with Christ. They knew when I came in that I wanted to change my life, and they have helped me every day.”

Along with other men from the Mission, Steve works in the mill part of Old World Timber. “The owner has gone out of his way to help me and a lot of the other guys from the Mission.”

When he’s ready to live on his own again, Steve wants to continue to stay in touch with the Mission and serve others here. “It’s just like the book of Peter,” he says. “’Be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.’ I want to tell people about Jesus, that’s it. That’s what I want to do with my life, and whatever God has besides that, it’s okay.”

Thank you for helping Steve rebuild his life through your prayers and support!


Tony's Story

“I’m going to make Mom proud.”

Tony has felt lost most of his life and has spent much of it behind bars. But because friends like you care, he has renewed confidence and a new set of goals. And he’s determined to make his Mother’s wish come true.

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My name is Tony, and I grew up in a good family. But when I was eight years old, my father got killed in the coal mines and that hit me hard. I don’t know if I ever really recovered. Mom never remarried and did her best to raise me and my four brothers on her own. She tried to show us church and the best way to go, but I went the wrong way. I’ve been in trouble most of my life, in and out of prison. And the only thing she ever wished was for me to straighten up.

I was locked up when my mother passed away. That’s where I heard about the Lexington Rescue Mission. Everybody said this was the place to be, and I decided I wanted to come here and change my life. Here at the Mission, I saw that people really cared about me. You’ve got people to talk to, who are there to really listen to you and help. If you’ve got a problem, they will break their back to help. In my lifetime, I’ve never experienced anything like it.

With the Mission’s help, I got a good job. And now I’m working hard and saving money to get a vehicle and a little place of my own. I’ve never looked forward to something like this before — having goals and a real future — and it’s pretty exciting. My aunts never thought I would straighten up, but they know I’m in a good place now. And I know my Mother is up there looking down on me. I’m going to make Mom proud.


Bobby's Story

The old has passed away, the new has come!

Drug use and abuse. They were both part of Bobby’s life growing up. Even though he managed to graduate high school and put himself through college, drugs seemed to play a part wherever he went.Thanks to your support, a better life was in store.

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“Growing up was rough,” Bobby says. Both his father and stepfather were abusers, and there were always drugs in the home. Bobby moved out in the 8th grade, but drugs continued to be a “battle” everywhere he went.

He put himself through college, but bad choices eventually led him to jail. It was there that he met two men from our Breaking Chains program that helps incarcerated men and women transition back into the community when they are released.

Bobby’s desire to change led him to the Mission’s Potter’s House.

“They bend over backwards to get you everything you need, to get you on the right path,” Bobby says. “But it’s not that hard. They start you out with clothes, food and all the essentials that you need. They help you get your driver’s license.”

The Mission’s Jobs for Life and Advance Lexington programs helped Bobby find work, first at a temp service and then at Old World Timber, where he had a chance to grow with the company and move up.

“I just want to continue doing the right thing and helping people along the way. I want to live a productive life and give back when I can.

”Bobby’s grateful not only to the staff at the Mission, but to those who support our work. “They didn’t even know who I was, but they helped me; they gave me a chance. I was blessed to have that, and I would ask them to keep doing what they’re doing, because it helps more people than they realize!”


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