Thursday, November 29, 2012

John's Story of Hope


John lost everything that was important to him -- but still didn't think he had a problem. Meth completely destroyed him. He tried to end his life.

John's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


Homeless and desperate, John came to Portland Rescue Mission for a hot meal and dry place to sleep -- the first steps toward a new life.

Your support restores broken lives. Help us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. Give HOPE.

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Richard's Story of Hope


Richard shivered in the cold Portland rain. Sick with the flu, he walked the littered sidewalks of Portland, feverish and completely soaked.

Richard's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



"I was constantly walking. I had nowhere to rest," Richard remembers. "I couldn't lay down on the ground. I had no medicine. No one to comfort me. I just felt so alone and lost."

At Portland Rescue Mission, Richard found a refuge of hope. A hot meal and safe place to sleep were just the first steps toward his new life.


Your support restores broken lives. Help us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. Give HOPE.

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Lauren's Story of Hope


Lauren felt like she was dying.

Lauren's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)




For weeks, she rarely left the darkness of a small bedroom she was renting. "It was the deepest, darkest depression I've ever experienced," Lauren remembers. "I was done living my life."

Thanks to compassionate friends like you, Lauren found Shepherd's Door, the women and children's recovery ministry of Portland Rescue Mission. She's healing from a troubled past and starting a brand new life.


Your support restores broken lives. Help us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. Give HOPE.

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, October 22, 2012

Kevin's Story of Hope


Kevin came to the Mission around Thanksgiving, sick from what alcohol had done to him. "I'd lost everything and had nowhere to go. I hadn't eaten, and I needed a safe place to sleep. I had a plan to commit suicide... even bought the gun."

Kevin's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)




Kevin had been in jail, lost job after job because of his addiction, lost his car, and even caught his house on fire with a burning cigarette when he was too drunk to know better.

"I knew I had a problem," Kevin says. "I'd tried some of the 60- and 90-day programs, but nothing helped. I just got really frustrated and tired of losing everything."

Life on the street was scary. "It's just a matter of survival... there's absolutely no hope at all," he says. "I'd be dead without Portland Rescue Mission."

Now a graduate of the Mission's addiction recovery program, Kevin explains, "This is a 'make or break' situation. The Mission provides us a chance... an opportunity that we haven't had before."

Your gift today will help hurting people like Kevin break free from homelessness and addiction -- into life, freedom and hope.


Your support restores broken lives. Help us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. Give HOPE.

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dominoes


Our lives are much like dominoes. Each domino is a choice -- for good or evil, right or wrong in our lives.

Dominoes (Quicktime Version)


Good choices lead to more good choices. Wrong choices lead to more wrong choices -- building momentum, cascading into a cycle of fear, pain, loneliness and despair. And the choices we make affect other people. Like a domino, our lives influence people around us -- for better or for worse. The choice is up to us.

Your support restores broken lives. Help us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. Give HOPE.

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kristie's Story of Hope



Life on the streets is dangerous for women. Kristie spent nearly two weeks sleeping underneath a Portland bridge. "It was the scariest thing I've ever done," she says.

Kristie's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)




Destroyed by addiction and the failures in her life, Kristie had little reason to live. Thankfully, she found Shepherd's Door, the women and children's ministry of Portland Rescue Mission.

In recovery, Kristie began to heal from the root causes behind her addiction. She finally faced the pain she'd tried so hard to run from -- and found healing.

Your compassionate support brings homelessness and addiction to an end. Help more hurting people like Kristie with your donation today.


Your support restores broken lives. Help us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. Give HOPE.

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Kevin's Story of Hope


"I decided to drink until I was dead," says Kevin.

Kevin's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)



Like many men and women who come to Portland Rescue Mission for help, Kevin had completely given up. He would have gladly welcomed death.

"I had ruined the best things in my life," says Kevin. "I felt like dirt, so I was going to drink myself to death. I called it 'slow-motion suicide' because I didn't have the guts to pull a trigger."

Thankfully, Kevin found help at Portland Rescue Mission. Compassionate support from friends like you helped offer him meals, shelter -- and a new reason to live.


Your support restores broken lives. Help us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. Give HOPE.

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Thursday, October 4, 2012

John and Kristen - Giving Back


Kristen and John know what it's like to be lost. Both have been through trials of addiction, fear, pain and homelessness.

John and Kristen - Giving Back (Quicktime Version)


Thanks to friends like you, Portland Rescue Mission was able to help Kristen and John heal from their past and establish a strong future. They've both graduated from our New Life Recovery Program. They have homes, jobs, restored relationships, supportive friendships — and hope. Filled with gratitude, Kristen and John have been active in helping people who are hurting like they once were.

Your support restores broken lives. Help us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. Give HOPE.

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dave's Story of Hope

A series of tragic deaths brought Dave's life crashing down.

Dave's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


Devastated by grief, Dave turned to alcohol to numb the pain. He lost his marriage and his job.
Dave had never been so isolated, afraid and completely without hope.

Meals and safe shelter at Portland Rescue Mission slowly brought Dave back to life. When he saw positive changes in men around him enrolled in the New Life Recovery ministry, Dave decided to give it a try.

Today, Dave is a successful graduate. He has a job, housing -- and is striving to be a good dad for his kids.

Your support restores broken lives. Help us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. Give HOPE.

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jill's Story of Hope

It took a car crash to save Jill's life.

Jill's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


In the aftermath and confusion of the accident, Jill's heart broke at the cries of her two small boys. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt. But her addiction could have killed someone. 

It was a wake-up call Jill desperately needed.

At Shepherd's Door, the women and children's ministry of Portland Rescue Mission, Jill found healing from the fear and shame behind her addiction. She found faith in God again. And her relationships with her family were restored.

Your support gives hope to hurting people who've lost their way. Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Allen's Story of Hope

Allen's family wanted nothing to do with him.

Allen's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


Allen never knew his father. His mother left him when Allen turned 18. As an adult, Allen left his own wife and kids, lost in his addiction.

It's a legacy of pain that's all too common in the lives of men and women who come to Portland Rescue Mission for help.

Thanks to the support of friends like you, Allen is in touch with his mother after 23 years. She writes to him and talks to him on the phone every weekend to encourage his recovery. Allen's daughters talk to him again and send him photos of his beautiful grandchildren.

Your gift today helps us give something more. More than a bed. More than a meal. You give HOPE. 

Donate online today at https://www.PortlandRescueMission.org/lp/vidcast. Or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Greg's Story of Hope

"My life spiraled out of control," Greg says. "I was depressed, angry and all I could do was crawl into isolation. I didn't need anyone, I didn't want to be needed by anyone, and I sure didn't need God. It was just me and my bottle of alcohol or pills."

Greg's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


Greg came to Portland Rescue Mission after years of alcohol and drug use. He had lost his job, his home, his wife and children. "After my divorce, I knew I needed to make some changes."

Today, Greg celebrates sobriety he never thought possible. "I've found myself, I've found fellowship in healthy relationships, and I understand who God wants me to be. And I'm connecting with my three children in a healthy way, too."

Your support restores hope and changes lives. Help more hurting people like Greg when you donate online or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Life Graduation, Spring 2012

Thanks to friends like you, eight men and women from our New Life Recovery Ministry celebrated graduations / transitions last month.

New Life Graduation, Spring 2012 (Quicktime Version)


These courageous men and women are so grateful for the help they’ve received. Some have achieved their GED. Many are entering the workforce. They stand tall, embracing a healthy new life.

Several of our recent graduates are moms. Your support keeps families like theirs together, breaking the generational cycle of homelessness, addiction and abuse.

Thanks for helping us give something more. More than a meal. More than a bed. You give HOPE. To help more hurting people, donate online or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Maria's Story of Hope

Methamphetamine destroyed Maria's life. She'd lost everything, including her two children.

Maria's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


"I'd used meth daily for eight years, starting when I was just 15," Maria recalls. Mom was an alcoholic, dad was a "meth cook," and Maria often sold drugs besides using them. "I didn't trust anyone. In my world, everyone was out for themselves... what do you have for me today? Once I lost my baby girls, I was broken. I came to Shepherd's Door (the women's and children's ministry of the Mission) desperate to get my children back." 

Today, Maria is a new woman, living with 10-year-old Miranda and 1-year-old Sadie and starting her family anew. "God gave me a second chance. Getting my children back is a miracle," Maria says with a smile. "I've learned to trust people and trust God. Everyone sees that I'm happier, I have a glow, and I want more of Jesus in my life."

Your support restores families. Help more women like Maria when you donate online or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ann's Story of Hope

"Mom, I don't want to live with you. I don't feel safe anymore."

Ann's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


Traumatic events throughout Ann's life left her hardened and angry. She'd lost so much -- and now she was losing her daughter.

At Portland Rescue Mission, Ann experienced deep healing she never thought possible. And she's restoring the relationship with her daughter.

Help more women like Ann find their way home. Donate online or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jonathan's Story of Hope

Jonathan found himself on the streets of Portland, going from one shelter to the next in search of food and support. "I thought, 'I can't do this anymore. I'm tired. I've lost everything. I've hit the bottom.'"

Jonathan's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


Exhausted and desperate, Jonathan came to Portland Rescue Mission to get his addiction under control. He found an entirely different identity.

Help more men like Jonathan find their way home. Donate online or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Monday, March 19, 2012

Jessica's Story of Hope

Just out of jail, Jessica Askwith had endured a series of events that left her completely hopeless.

Jessica's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


In 2007, Jessica lost custody of her two older sons. Soon after, she gave up her baby boy for adoption. Her motherhood had been taken away, and she was completely lost. "I just decided at that point I was going to be a drug addict because I didn't know what else to do."

Thanks to friends like you, Jessica is turning her pain into a brighter future. She's graduated from Shepherd's Door, the women and children's ministry center of Portland Rescue Mission, and well on her way to rebuilding her life.

Help more women like Jessica find their way home. Donate online or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Friday, February 24, 2012

Steven's Story of Hope

At just 13 years old, Steven ran away from home to live on his own in Los Angeles. But the streets of Hollywood are no place for a kid.

Steven's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)

 
Desperate for money, Steven got caught up in the sex industry. Drugs and alcohol consumed him. "I slept on the beach or under the boardwalk for about a year and a half," he recalls.

Many years later, Steven ended up back in Portland where he grew up. "I was hungry, cold -- extremely cold," he says. He lined up on the sidewalk outside Portland Rescue Mission one night, waiting to get a hot meal. But he found something more.

The meal meant so much to Steven and filled him with gratitude. He joined the New Life Recovery program and is on his way to a stable, healed life.

Help more men like Steven find their way home. Donate online or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).

Friday, January 27, 2012

Paige's Story of Hope

Paige's problems started early in life. "I grew up in a good home filled with love, lots of family... we'd pray together, and I knew about God," she recalls. "But in the 5th grade a good friend killed herself with a gun. Then one of my best friends committed suicide in the 8th grade."

Paige's Story of Hope (Quicktime Version)


A few months later, Paige was gang raped at a high-school party. "I suddenly found myself really, really angry toward God. He was supposed to protect me. Why would he let these things happen to me?"

Her family moved from Portland to St. Helens, and Paige's new friends introduced her to marijuana. "I shut down, then started drinking, then cocaine. The next thing I knew, I was a full-blown addict, with heroin and meth." "I didn't think God cared...no one else cared... why should I? I couldn't quit, and it just got worse and worse -- a vicious cycle."

Paige has been in our New Life Recovery Ministry for a year. She is well on the path toward healing and a newfound personal relationship with Jesus who does care. "And now I care," she says, "about myself, and others. There's hope."

Help us change more lives. Donate online or call 503-MISSION (647-7466).