“I want to serve my family whatever way I can.”
Telly grew up fighting to survive. Born and raised in the inner city, he wore his anger like a protective shield against the threats he faced daily in this harsh environment. “If I felt threatened, I’d defend myself,” he says. When Telly became homeless at age 60, his grown daughters feared for their father’s life. “I promised them the streets would never take me,” he says. To keep his promise, Telly came to the Mission seeking help to change his life.
In our long-term recovery program, Telly has experienced peace to relieve his anger, and through classes and chapel services, he’s been growing in patience and his understanding of the Bible. He looks forward to getting a place of his own soon and plans to find work. “The Mission helped steer me in the right direction. They gave me a place to stay. So, in return, I’m giving it my all.”