“This Time It’s Different”

After years of false starts, Greg knows he’s finally on the right path, with your help

Greg has faced a lot of challenges in his 57 years. He admits that many of them are due to his own poor choices. But his life has changed since coming to Haven of Rest for help! He thanks God and friends like you for helping him get back on track … this time, for good.

Greg grew up in a bad neighborhood, with an alcoholic father. After his parents divorced, his mother did her best to keep the family together. He credits her for raising him in the church, and keeping him focused on sports and off the streets.

But after his sister died of kidney failure, it all became too much. Greg started drinking at 17 and running with a bad crowd. Soon, he was using heavier drugs.

Over the next 30 years, Greg’s life swung back and forth. He got cleaned up, held steady jobs, married and had two daughters. Then something would knock him back out of control, like when his brother was murdered by a jealous rival. Another time, he says, it was just because he had too much time and money on his hands.

“They put their arms out for me, and they’ve been blessing me.”

“I took my eyes off the Word,” he says sadly. “I lost contact with myself. I failed again.”

Greg came to Haven of Rest almost 20 years ago for a meal and a shower. At the time, he wasn’t ready to commit, and walked back out again.

Then, a few years ago, he started experiencing severe stomach pains. “Finally, I had to crawl to the hospital,” Greg remembers. That’s when he was told he had stage 4 colon cancer, which soon spread to his liver. After chemotherapy and three major surgeries, Greg knew things had to change.

“I wanted to get my life back together,” Greg says, “so I went to the place that helped me. Haven of Rest really put their arms out for me and welcomed me back. They’ve been blessing me since I’ve been here.”

As a resident of Haven of Rest, Greg is finally living the life he’s wanted for so long. “My health, my mind, I’m feeling good about myself,” he says. “I’m back in the Word, praying and studying every night, just working for God.

“This time it’s different, because I want to do this. I didn’t want to before, but this time I have the desire.”

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