Christian spent 7 hard months on the streets of Portland. Worn out from the summer heat and carrying his few belongings on his back, he’d often end the day sleeping on the rocky ground – afraid. “You have to worry about somebody robbing you or beating you in the middle of the night,” says Christian. “And there’s rats crawling across you while you’re sleeping. It’s just horrible.”
As a kid, Christian would see hungry people lined up outside our Burnside Shelter. “Thank goodness I’ll never be like that,” he’d think. But Christian’s parents were extremely abusive. His home life was filled with alcohol, anger, and violence. By the time he was 13, Christian started his own slide into addiction.
Christian’s life was in shambles as an adult. He couldn’t hold a job. A marriage ended badly, and he rarely saw his daughter, who he loved. Christian was ready to give up. “You know, I didn’t want to live any more. I was hopeless.”
At Portland Rescue Mission, Christian experienced God’s love in a way that softened his heart. “My parents were never there for me and I never had any type of family. The Mission made me feel right at home. It’s like a family that I never had before.”
Portland Rescue Mission saved my life. There is no doubt in my mind about that and I will be forever grateful.
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