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Longing for a Ray of Hope

David was adopted by a loving family and raised in church. But he struggled with severe depression, and in his mid-twenties, he started relying on substances to cope.

He lived with a devastating addiction for nearly 20 years. Then one day, he recalls, “I was at rock bottom in my life. I was alone. I quit my job. I had pushed my family away. Finally, thoughts of suicide were coming into play, and I decided, well, I better get some help and call the police.”

David was brought to a local treatment facility, but they had no long-term program. So he reached out to his mother and sister, and they drove him to Buffalo City Mission.

“At the Mission, I received a case manager, help with getting back on my feet, help getting healthy and preparations for the future.”

A few years before coming here, David had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but he struggled with consistently taking medication. At the Mission, he’s received professional counseling and started taking his medication regularly again, which has helped alleviate his depression and suicidal thoughts.

Today, David has joined our DREAM Transitional Housing Program, the long-term recovery program at the Mission. “I still have to find out what I want to do when I grow up,” he says with a rueful smile. “It’s not easy, but I’m learning what’s out there. You know, trying to relax, take a breath and just find my interests.”

David now attends educational and biblical classes, and he’s learning how to walk with the Lord. “I never really welcomed any kind of faith into my life before. But I hear some people’s testimonies and certain things that have happened in my life, too, that were small miracles. I had never read the Bible at all before, and now I’m working at understanding it.”

Thanks to your generous support, men like David are facing their challenges and being transformed by God’s love here at the Mission. “If you stick with the program and stick with the Mission, they’re behind you 100%. It’s part of opening up your horizons to a new understanding of life, a positive life.”

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