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 awakened the following morning in the hospital. “I was going to be discharged so I put on my jeans and in my pockets there were two needles and 15 bags of dope. I shot up in the hospital bathroom,” he says. “I never thought I’d hit rock bottom like that. After that, I started feeling guilty about the things I’d done.”
Within days, just as Victor was about to buy heroin, his sister called and offered to take him to detox, and he agreed. It was there he learned of the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission’s Life Change Program, and he called us to secure a spot.
“As soon as I got here, everybody welcomed me, asking if I needed anything,” he says. “I wasn’t expecting so many people to care about someone they didn’t know.”
Through the program’s Bible studies, chapels, and mentoring, Victor has grown spiritually. “I pray every day when I wake up and before I go to sleep,” he says. “I have a lot of patience, I’m more humble, and I admit my wrongs instead of making excuses.”
Victor has since graduated from the Mission’s Life Change Program and is now an intern at the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission. “I want to help and serve the next guys coming in, just like the caring people here helped me,” he says. “If it weren’t for the Mission, I’d be back where I was before detox. I’d have nothing.”
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