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Nicholas’s Story

Nicholas Ruiz, a guest at the Gospel Rescue Mission, says that a family is not always blood related.

 

Ruiz said that a family are people who want you to do good in your life and then support you.

“It’s who you surround yourself with — positive people, which results in positive action.”

 

He said his first plan was to keep doing the programs offered at the mission and learn more about God. “I’m learning a new thought process,” he said. “They saved me here and brought me back to life.’

 

Ruiz said that before he changed his life that people were afraid of him. “Now I talk to them and give them guidance and are able to connect with them.”

 

He said that he would always be a part of the mission.

For many that come to visit us at GRM loneliness is their greatest poverty.  Help us help others like Nicholas to find a new family and a new life.

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Sheena’s Story

Sheena wanted to feel loved and fantasized about living as a fairy tale princess; but it seemed like she was always looking for love in all the wrong places.  On a regular basis her romance movie would turn into a horror film.  Her prince charming would suddenly become the beast.  Abusive relationships left her feeling abandoned and worthless.

With seven children, no home, no family support left, and feeling like a failure Sheena arrived at the Gospel Rescue Mission planning on staying just long enough to come up with a plan.  However, she discovered a Savior who felt that she was highly valued, who saw her as a princess.  It was not long before this hardened angry woman transformed into a compassionate and loving mother and part of the GRM family.

Today Sheena is determined to never be in a position like this again.  She is rekindling dreams of being a nurse.  She loves the idea or encouraging people and share in their stories.  Sheena is grateful for the opportunities to learn and grow.  She is fully engaged in our GRITU courses where she is learning valuable life skills, self esteem and confidence.  Sheena routinely attends a local church where she has made new friends.

“This stay at GRM is helping me keep my family together.  If we did not come here my kids would have been taken from me and I would have felt even more like a failure.”

Sheena is living life as a new creation because of supporters like you.

Life can be an especially difficult time for our neighbors (approximately 22% of whom are living below the poverty line.)  Whether they’re sleeping in the streets, or living in places not really meant to be home, many people in our community feel helpless and alone.