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Elliot's Restoration: A Story You Made Possible

ElliotMy name is Elliot, and The Bowery Mission saved me from the streets, drugs, and despair.

Basically, my life went downhill, when over the course of just a few years I lost both my parents and started using drugs.

Then, things really snowballed two years ago, when I lost my brother to cancer and lost my job. In short order, I was homeless — and devastated. That was rock bottom.

I spent six months on the streets, and eventually wound up in public housing. They assigned me a counselor, and this woman sensed I was very depressed. She asked me if I was ready for the "change of my life" . . .

Well, she wasn't kidding. She brought me to The Bowery Mission, and things haven't been the same since.

After I arrived, I met my counselor, and he began mentoring me. For some reason, he saw something in me, and has helped me learn to live a life that honors God. I've been at the Mission for a year and a half, and I know that he and I are lifelong friends.

I also learned important job and interview skills at the Mission's Career Center. They prepared me for a good job, which I found at the local Whole Foods Market, and now I'm working my way up.

Today, my future is very different because I came to The Bowery Mission. I'm working hard and saving up to move into my own place. I'm so grateful for this help turning my life around.

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Every day, The Bowery Mission's programs for men, women and children are making a life-transforming difference for people experiencing homelessness, poverty, addiction, unemployment and other crises. Your online gift today will go to work immediately providing meals, shelter, medical care and long-term recovery for adults; or mentoring and enrichment opportunities for youth.

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