Thank you for saving Luis from the harshness of winter

Luis came to The Bowery Mission desperate for help. You gave him food, shelter and renewed hope!

 
 

Luis, The Bowery Mission

Luis, The Bowery Mission

As a soldier who served six years in the military, Luis knows how to persevere under pressure. But nothing prepared him for the vicious cycle of drug abuse — and the shame and despair that come with it.

"I was in a relationship and was betrayed," Luis shares. "I didn't know how to deal with it and started drinking. That led to drug use and addiction."

Ashamed of how far he'd fallen, Luis was embarrassed to ask for help from friends and family. Like hundreds of New Yorkers, Luis resorted to survival on the streets. Hungry by day and broken by night, Luis was desperate for help. After checking himself into a rehab program, Luis learned about The Bowery Mission.

I was hurting and on the streets, and they received me just as I was.

"Coming to The Bowery Mission was the best thing that ever happened to me," Luis says with tears in his eyes. "I was hurting and on the streets, and they received me just as I was. It makes me emotional thinking about it, because I never want to forget where I came from."

I was hurting and on the streets, and they received me just as I was.

"Coming to The Bowery Mission was the best thing that ever happened to me," Luis says with tears in his eyes. "I was hurting and on the streets, and they received me just as I was. It makes me emotional thinking about it, because I never want to forget where I came from."

In addition to receiving hot, nourishing meals and safe, warm shelter, Luis found a refuge of hope at The Bowery Mission. Through spiritual counseling, career training and life skills development classes, Luis is equipped for the future. He won't just survive; he's ready to thrive, because of your generosity!

Today, Luis is clean and sober. He is enrolling in a new job training program and is eager to tell his story and help others.

"I see people out there hungry and in pain. I've felt what they feel and I'm compelled to do what I can to help."

This winter, you can rescue more souls like Luis from the cold, harsh streets. Your support ensures that meals, shelter and life-giving care are always available through the red doors of The Bowery Mission.

 

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