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Thanks to YOU, Richard reached a remarkable goal

"The Bowery Mission gave me a second chance and taught me not to give up."

RichardMy name is Richard, and last year, I earned my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice.

It's pretty remarkable, since I graduated from high school in 1966, don't you think?

I always wanted to go to college, but my life took some twists and turns since I was a kid. Right out of high school, I joined Job Corps and traveled across the country. When I came back to New York, some guys at work kept asking, "Hey, do you want to smoke a joint with us?"

At first I said "no." But once I said "yes," it was nearly impossible to stop.

After decades of using drugs, I came to The Bowery Mission. I had nothing. Even the last $50 in my pocket had just been stolen.

Thanks to the Mission introducing me to a relationship with God, I didn't want to go back to the drug lifestyle. I was finally done with it.

I graduated from The Bowery Mission over 20 years ago. I can't say life has been easy since that time, but they gave me a foundation of faith to build on.

One of my lifelong goals has been to earn my college degree. Once I got an apartment, I applied to school. It was the first time I ever used a computer!

Every time, it would take me longer than the other students, but I worked hard and finished all my assignments. After three and a half years, I earned my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice! My next milestone: earning my Bachelor's Degree.

The Bowery Mission gave me a second chance and taught me not to give up. I want others to know that if you have faith and work hard, anything is possible! It doesn't matter how old you are. You can always pursue your dreams.

Broken men who come to The Bowery Mission, like Richard, need care, compassion and help to rebuild their lives. Your gifts help make that happen. Thank you for your generosity.


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