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Hope, Peace and a Second Chance Begins at 57 years old
While there are many causes of homelessness, the result is always the same…SUFFERING PEOPLE.  Your heart would be moved if you could witness what I do every day here at Fairhaven Rescue Mission.  Needy and homeless people desperately seeking food, shelter, clothing . . . and a listening ear.  They often have nowhere else to turn for help.

You would see the look of hopelessness on their faces.  You would hear their tragic stories – loss of job, eviction, abandonment, physical and mental abuse, and drug and alcohol addiction.  As I have shared with you in the past, often when I am speaking for the mission, I am asked the question, “IS THERE A NEED FOR FAIRHAVEN?”  My answer is always a resounding, YES!

This month let me share "Ken's" story with you...

My journey started in Lakehurst, New Jersey.  My father was a Navy man and mom was a homemaker.  I had 2 sisters and a brother.  I was the youngest of four children.  I was about 4 years old when my father left for California.  He was going out there to find a job and house and then send for us.  That was the last time I ever saw or heard from my dad.

Mom took us kids and moved to Canton, Ohio so we would be closer to family.  It was tough but Mom did her best.  Junior High was a challenge for me.  I was in and out of trouble . . . and to be honest more in trouble than out.  In 9th grade I started drinking and experimenting with drugs.  Things went from bad to worse and by the time I was 17 life was a blur because of my drinking and drugs.  School was not for me so I quit.

I got married at 19 and had a son.  My sister was living in Arizona and said if we came out there she would help me find a job and would help us.  I found a job and things seemed to be going OK.  I was still drinking and taking drugs though.  Then my world crashed.  My son died.  I went into a deep depression for a year and all I did was drink.  I lost my job and my wife left.

My money and everything in my life was gone.  Someone I knew who lived in Kentucky called and told me to come and live with them.  So I came to Kentucky.  It was not long before I realized that the situation was not working out.  One night in September of 2015 while we were riding in the car they stopped and dropped me off at a homeless shelter – a shelter called Fairhaven Rescue Mission.

I had heard horror stories about shelters - run down, not very clean, moldy showers, food not the best, staff tired and burned out.  From my first step into Fairhaven it was clean, staff were friendly and kind, food was great, showers were better than home and no bedbugs.  On September 15, 2015 I joined the long term program.

My life has not been the same.  I am working a full time job and saving money.  I have a relationship with God and through the nightly chapel, our program Bible studies and going to church on Sundays I have a peace that I have longed for.  Working with the program coordinator, I am alcohol and drug free.

My goals are to complete the one year program and to continue to work and save my money, gain more knowledge about the Bible and grow closer in my relationship to God.  I once was a barber and I would like to regain my license and become a barber again.

Thanks to God, the staff at the mission, the volunteers and all those that pray and give to Fairhaven even a man at 57 years old –with no hope or peace-can have a second chance

You can play a key part in our ongoing efforts to bring hope to the hopeless.  Your gift will help provide hot nourishing meals, warm clothing, clean beds to sleep in, and Christian counseling that will enable them to begin putting their shattered lives back together.

Because you are a compassionate person, I know you want to help.  And you can!  Together – in 2016 - we can make a difference and CHANGE LIVES by the love and power of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God bless you in this coming year.
         

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