Replacing Holiday Heartbreak with Joy

Red Door E-Newsletter - November 2012

“God was always looking out for me.”


Jack found hope in the Mission's recovery program for men.Jack hadn’t had a happy Christmas for years. But that’s what happens when you lose your mom too young.

Growing up, Jack was a happy, laughing child who made his mother smile. But when he found her dead from a heart attack when he was in seventh grade, his happiness and security were shattered. “Now that I didn’t have her, I wasn’t confident... I was lacking in my grades.” Jack reflects, “Her death shook me a lot. I didn’t do as well as I should have in school. I needed her around.”

Despite his father’s encouragement, Jack dropped out of school in the eleventh grade.

They lived together until his father died. Once again, Jack found himself consumed with grief.

When he passed, it was like my world was just crumbling down.” Unable to control his emotions, Jack lost several jobs, bouncing from a rooming house to a relative in the Bronx.

He was crippled by grief, and found himself heartbroken, poor and homeless. But this time, he turned to God for help. “I was praying every day, ‘I just need a job to get back settled on my feet.’” Then a housing specialist told him about The Bowery Mission.

Jack initially struggled with rules. He decided “to stick it out” and was able to find just what he needed. Now Jack’s graduated, has a close relationship with God, and knows that “God was always looking out for me, even during the bad times.”

This Christmas, Jack will celebrate new hope with his new Bowery Mission family.

Someone very much like Jack will come to The Bowery Mission this holiday — someone hungry, desperate for a meal... someone weary and exhausted, searching for overnight shelter... someone heartbroken, seeking a chance to start over. Your generous gift this holiday season will help us be an answer to their prayers! Will you make a gift today?

Thank you for caring about those who’ve come to believe no one cares. May God bless you, and Happy Holidays.

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