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A whole family restored through God's love and food

"Thanks to The Bowery Mission, I have my family back."

My name is Trevor and five years ago, I had lost my wife and daughters to my addictions.

I grew up in Trinidad, where I started drinking and smoking at a young age. After I moved to America and started my own family I thought I had everything — a great job working for a cruise ship and the freedom to do what I wanted.

But the truth is, I was an alcoholic and a gambler. I was an absent father and an unfaithful husband. And my family was devastated.

One day, my wife changed the locks, kicked me out of the house and told me not to come back until my life is right. The pain was so intense; but looking back, I see how my wife’s conviction helped save my life and our family.

I came to The Bowery Mission as a last resource. And I’m so thankful I did.

I finally had a reality check and saw how much I hurt my family. I didn’t want to lose them — and the Mission provided the tools I needed to change. Just four months into my stay, I was already building a strong relationship with God and addressing my weaknesses.

Then I started helping in the kitchen. As I progressed in the program, I grew to really enjoy using my skills to make a difference and show God’s love through food. After I graduated, I became Chef Manager at The Bowery Mission! Most important to me, my wife and daughters forgave me and welcomed me back home.

Every Thanksgiving, I have so much to be grateful for. I’m sober and reunited with my family.

On Thanksgiving Day, my wife and daughters come to the Mission to volunteer, to give back and help others the way I was helped. Because I know firsthand that every life transformed at The Bowery Mission doesn’t just affect that person, but also the people connected to them, especially the families.

My prayer is for my family and I to continue to be loving and kind and give back what God graciously gave to us — a new start as a family.

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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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