“The People Here Do So Much GOOD!”

Dutch was only seven when he first smoked marijuana, the start of a drug habit that took over his life. “After high school, I started doing meth, and I did it for 30 years,” he says.

Though Dutch was a carpenter by profession, eventually he couldn’t hold a regular job. “I was selling junk out of a truck, doing odd jobs, and selling drugs,” he says.

Dutch wound up in jail on a drug-related charge and, upon his release, moved in with some friends, but they were doing drugs and he wanted to stay clean. “I couldn’t stay there, but I didn’t have anyplace to go,” he says. “They called the police who called the Mission. I’m so glad I ended up here.”

Since entering our P.A.C.E.S. (Purpose, Accountability, Christ, Education, Service) program, Dutch has rebuilt his relationship with the Lord. “I believed in God all my life. I’d just been backsliding,” he says. “Now I’m closer to God and I don’t use anymore. I’m learning to treat my neighbor as myself, to live by what I read in the Bible, to be Christ-like.”

Dutch now works at our Thrift Store and is looking forward to graduation and a bright future. “If not for the Mission, I’d probably have started doing drugs again, and be back in jail,” he says. “The people here do so much good.”

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