He’s a friendly guy, very jolly, and always willing to lend a hand. He’s outgoing, and chipper, and knows no stranger. So, with such a booming personality, how did John find himself here, at Gospel Rescue Mission?
It started when his parents passed away when he was only 2 years old. He was put in the foster care system, adopted at age 9, but then in a sad and damaging turn-of-events, his adopted parents returned him to foster care where he would remain until he “aged out” at 18 years old. He went into Talking Leaves Job Corp and thoroughly enjoyed his time there. After leaving that program, he returned to the Oklahoma City/Bethany area where he would bounce between homeless shelters and apartments or roommates. Why was he not able to keep a home?
According to Unpakt.com, in Oklahoma City, the average cost per month for a 900 sq ft apartment is appx $1000/month, while the average price of the same apartment in Muskogee is appx $530. The high cost of living in that area made living on his own impossible with only his disability check supporting him. After 30 years of being in-and-out of apartments, changing roommates, and spending time in all the shelters in the Oklahoma City area, he was ready for a change of pace. At the encouragement and support of a friend who helped get him down here, John came to the Gospel Rescue Mission seeking to better his life.
So, what’s his plan? To get a place of his own. This is going to be a challenge on disability, but due to a condition called pseudohypoparathyroidism, he feels unable to work because stress could trigger his calcium deficiency, causing convulsions and possibly seizures. “I feel like I’m a bum off the streets, and I know I’m so much better than that.” Once he’s saved for an apartment, he wants to save to buy a vehicle.
In Psalm 90:17, the Bible encourages us to work, “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us, yes, establish the work of our hands.” While finding a job that will work alongside his disability might be tricky, we’re here with him every step of the way!