Luke started drinking and smoking pot at the age of 13. When he was 19, he received his first DUI. Soon, he was using hard drugs and was continuously in and out of jail. With his life revolving around feeding his drug addiction, Luke was spending an average of $100 every two days to feed his habit.
He continued to participate in dangerous activities, which led him to his second DUI. A judge put him on probation.
“In a pair of cut-off pants and tattered shoes, I fled to Alabama, violating my probation.”
Deep in the woods of Alabama, Luke lived in a tree with people for miles. Alone in the wilderness with no food to eat, he had time to think.
“God spoke to me out there. He asked me what I was doing living in a tree.”
Luke decided to rejoin society and called a friend to pick him up. While on the road home, the two were pulled over. After discovering Luke’s outstanding warrant, the officer arrested Luke and took him to jail.
Luke used the time in jail to think, pray and read the Bible. Meanwhile, his mother called the Mission to try to get some help for her wayward son. Luke entered The Mission’s doors right out of jail. He successfully completed the Mission’s Recovery Program and plans to earn his bachelor’s degree and become an officer in the U.S. Army.