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Stories of Hope

  Chris remembers watching others walk through the doors of our sister ministry, the Market Street Mission in Morristown. Though he battled his own addiction, Chris says, “I thought I would never go in there.” But when his struggles with alcoholism left him homeless, he knew he needed help. “I...
When Thomas was a boy, he never imagined he’d one day be walking such a dark road. “I had a pretty normal life growing up. I didn’t really have any issues,” he says. “I had everything I could possibly want.”  Then he started smoking pot in high school – his first step on a path that would lead to...
  Forced to grow up too fast, Richard says, “The core of my being was just figuring out how to survive.” At five years old, Richard was kidnapped by his mother and her boyfriend – a pedophile. Hunting them down, Richard’s father beat the boyfriend to death.  “My mother left me at a bus stop,”...
"This is the man I was meant to be from day one!" How does a high school athlete and Boy Scout from a loving, caring family end up jailed, broke and homeless? Bill’s troubles began right here in Jersey Shore, “drinking and drugging and hanging out with the cooler dudes,” as he puts it. “I...
Jon-Erik grew up way too fast. “I had a good home and supportive parents,” he says. “But by fifth grade, I was hanging out with high school kids, drinking and smoking pot.” Over the years, Jon-Erik’s drug use escalated to painkillers and heroin, costing him jobs and destroying relationships. “I...
Albert had a happy childhood, playing the sports he loved. “It was a good life,” he says. “I played baseball and soccer all through school.” Then, when he was 16, he experienced a disappointment in his athletic career – one which set him on a path of self-destruction. “I played soccer for the...
Victor began selling drugs when he was 17, started using cocaine at 21, and was a heroin addict by 23. “Then I lost my job,” he says. “I was still selling drugs, but sometimes I didn’t have enough profit to buy them for myself, so I started robbing people.” One night, Victor overdosed, and he...
Carl started drinking when he was just 14, following in his alcoholic father’s footsteps. “My mom said she knew I’d start drinking one day. She just didn’t think I would be so young,” he says.  Carl’s drinking spiraled out of control when he was 23, and he struggled with binge drinking for the...
John is no stranger to loss. As a Navy SEAL for ten years, he had a lot of experience losing friends – and on his last mission, he was the only man to return home. But when he did, he experienced another terrible loss: his wife unexpectedly passed away.  When his wife passed away, John didn’t...
Alan was introduced to drugs early on; he was just 14 years old. He was kicked out of his home and went into rehabilitation programs at the age of 15, but they didn’t have much of an effect. “For years, I was disappointed with myself. I didn’t realize the consequences of my choices so I started...

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