Jeremy was just 13 when he started experimenting with drugs, carrying on his family’s legacy of substance abuse. “My uncle and my grandmother died of alcoholism. And my mother was a big pot smoker,” he says.
When he was 19, Jeremy began drinking instead. “I just wanted to fit in. It was a social thing. I didn’t realize I was becoming addicted.” That was the beginning of a 20-year battle that took over his life. “I was still working, but I’d rather spend my money on alcohol than rent, so I lived in my car and took showers at different places.”
jeremyhudkins.mr8_16_1.jpgHe was homeless for nearly three years. Then, one day, he had a moment of clarity. “I wanted a drastic change in my life, to leave everything behind and start new,” he says. “I cried for hours and asked the Lord how to change, and the word ‘program’ popped in my head.”
Jeremy called a friend who told him about our House of Hope Recovery Program, and he knew it was for him. “I was led here, but I didn’t think it would change my life this drastically,” he says. “In a lot of ways I was spiritually dead when I came, and now I’m strong.”
Jeremy graduated from the program and is now the House of Hope Program Manager, creating a new legacy, as he helps men successfully navigate their way through the program, including work therapy at our Help Center. “Every day that we go to work, we’re helping people. Everyday we get home, we’re being helped. We have a beautiful roof over our heads. We eat wonderful meals. We have great fellowship.”
Because of your support, Jeremy, and others like him, find help and hope when they walk through the doors of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission – at Easter and always. “This is the first time in my life that I truly feel hope, knowing that I’m on God’s path, not mine.”
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