Stories of Change


Haven of Rest Aaron's StoryPsalm 23:3 “ He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

For Aaron, being at Haven of Rest is not just about recovery, it’s about restoration. Born into a Christian home where his mother was a pastor and he attended church, Aaron had known God, but had not yet given everything over to Him.

Aaron’s dream had always been to attend Notre Dame, and academically he was on his way. But after a car accident in 2002 that left him with a broken ankle and pelvis he became addicted to pain medication, which only then led him to harder drugs.

Forced to move back to his hometown because of failing grades and money spent on drugs, he felt like a failure. From there his addictions continued, until one day he was left with nothing.? Finding Haven of Rest on a recommendation, Aaron had taken the first step of surrendering to God. He packed his bags and headed to Akron. Unfamiliar with the city, the first few months were a period of adjustment.

Today Aaron is now growing in his relationship with God. Trying to spend his free time reading and studying the bible along with prayer, he sees the results. He now realizes the importance of being dependent upon God “It’s like I’ve done a complete 180. With me it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. I’ve recognized that since I’ve been here, but you have to get to that point, for an addict or anybody.”

Today Aaron has a restored relationship with the Lord. He is currently working as an intern in the men’s day room. After all his trials, hardships, and addictions he now has an empathetic heart towards the men who come to Haven of Rest struggling themselves with addiction.  “I see it here in the day room, it’s one of those things I understand.”

Now Aaron is now able to encourage other men and pass on the wisdom that he has gained. “Honestly, it takes God. I’ve tried A.A., I’ve tried everything else, and it takes God. That’s it.”?While his future plans are still unknown, Aaron remains faithful to where God has placed him. He will continue his internship while completing the career development classes he needs to graduate.

Please keep Aaron in your prayers as he continues to seek God’s will for his life.