24 Jul “Life As I Knew It Changed Forever.”
Bill was blindsided just when his life was getting on track.
While he was working, a construction vehicle backed up over him.
Life hadn’t been easy. He’d spent 32 years in the military, then had to transition back to civilian life in Ohio. He got a job as a driver on a road construction crew, and worked hard to make a new life for himself.
When he got hit, he suffered severe injuries to his back, shoulders and head. He spent months in intensive care. “Life as I knew it changed forever,” he says. “I was dependent on other people for everything.”
After intensive care, Bill was forced to stay in a nursing home while his condition was monitored around the clock. “I felt like a burden,” he says.
He remembered a Mission where he’d spent the night years ago.
“I was hoping they’d take me again, since I had nowhere else to go.”
We were so glad to see Bill again! Our staff welcomed him with open arms and immediately went to work to help him finish recovering from his injuries and become independent again.
He joined our P.A.C.E.S. (Purpose, Accountability, Christ, Education, Service) program, where he grew through classes and one-on-one counseling.
“I learned how to read the Bible for the first time,” Bill says, smiling. “I learned that asking for help, and receiving it, isn’t so bad.”
Aside from hot meals, safe shelter and classes, our staff also helped Bill as he continued his medical treatments and got him the documents he needed for disability support.
Bill’s body has healed – and he looks forward to having his own place and finding a job. “The Mission does a lot for the people here. They do an outstanding job at helping each person individually better their life and start over.”
Before, Bill was ashamed to ask for help. Today, he is grateful that there are people standing beside him. “I don’t know what I’d do without the Mission’s help. They showed me how to become independent again when I didn’t think it was possible.”
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