Bill was raised in a culture of drugs and alcohol. His parents were both atheists and addicts. “I had been doing drugs since I was 15,” Bill said. “There was never a time in my life where I don’t remember being around them. It was normal to me.”
Surprisingly, Bill said that he had a pretty good upbringing. “My parents were always drunk or high, but they never beat me and I had everything I needed.” Eventually, his parents started sharing their drugs with Bill.
When Bill was 31 years old, he was nearly homeless and dealing drugs just to get by. One night, he was staying in a motel room and he did something that changed his life forever. “I picked up the Gideon’s Bible and started reading Revelations. I didn’t understand a lot of it but I did understand that I didn’t want to be on the wrong side when it all went down.”
He added, “I was asking myself some serious questions like, ‘What happens when we die?’ I looked up religious websites on the computer and found the Waterfront Rescue Mission site.” Bill came to the Mission looking for answers.
“I hung out at the shelter as an overnighter for a few weeks,” Bill continued. “I started reading the Bible, and from there it was a natural progression. One of the chaplains asked me many times what I was doing with my life. He sat down with me, and he encouraged me to join the Recovery Program.” Bill knew in his heart that God’s purpose for him was not selling drugs, let alone using them. He thought about his past and his future and came to a decision. “When I finally joined, they welcomed me with open arms.”
His life really changed on January 17, 2010. “I accepted Christ, and I can’t imagine my life without Him. I can’t imagine going back to drugs. After everything I have received through Christ, why would I give that up? The Mission has given me purpose, direction and ambition. I am no longer content to just float around from day to day. I have a goal and I want to achieve it, and I’m not going to let anything get in the way.”
Bill has been clean and sober for three years now. This year he will graduate college earning his Associate’s Degree in Philosophy and plans to pursue a degree in Religious Studies. “I want to work in education. As someone who grew up an atheist, I want to share God’s love with students that don’t believe in Him. My background gives me a unique perspective to bring to the classroom. It helps me be a better witness.”
Bill went on, “If donors could see the change that happens to most of us, they would see that it is truly miraculous. I see guys when they come into the program, and then a year later, they are completely new people. We couldn’t do that without God.”
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Bill received the help he needed. If you would like to help others like Bill find a better, more productive life, a donation of just $17 will provide a day of treatment, and $119 will provide a week of care in the Waterfront Rescue Mission’s Recovery Program.