Wilmon's Restoration: A Story You Made Possible

"I was driving for the devil, but now I'm driving for the Lord"

My name is Wilmon, and my life was transformed at The Bowery Mission.

I had just come up from South Carolina, where I used to drive for drug dealers, delivering drugs to support my cocaine habit. I almost got caught by the police, so I came to the Bronx but ended up homeless – in the dead of winter.

I rode the 6 train up and down for a week. I didn't have anybody here to help me and felt so isolated. Then I slept a couple of nights at The Bowery Mission, and I saw how different people were there. They didn't talk down on me, but spoke respectfully and really cared for me. That encouraged me to get into the residential recovery program.

In classes and with the counselors' help, I learned how to deal with my addiction and painful past. My relationship with God grew. Through the Career Center I earned my commercial driver's license and started driving for the Mission.

When I was asked to be supervisor of transportation at the Mission, it was very emotional to me. I was being trusted.

Back in South Carolina, I was driving for the devil, but now I'm driving for the Lord – delivering food and hope. I've driven over 3,000 miles already for The Bowery Mission. I just want to help others, and pass on the opportunity that was given to me.

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