Daniel’s Story

“Look at my picture. You’re really looking at a miracle!”


Last year, I was homeless and living with my daughter. Every penny I earned went to buy drugs. It was so bad that she moved out just to get away from me! My family hated me for what I did. That finally helped me make the decision to come to Charlotte Rescue Mission, and it was the best decision of my life.

There were counselors who really cared and they taught me coping skills to stay clean and sober.

I just graduated from the 90-day program, and I am so proud because it’s the first time in my life I ever finished anything! After I graduated, I took some classes here where I learned how to put together a resume and look for a job. Just one week later, I found a job and I’m working full time and moving into the Halfway House here.

Last week, I went back home for the first time. As soon as I stepped off the bus, I was tested. For the first time in my life, I had something better. I walked away!

All I needed was a chance, a tiny crack in the door, and now I will take those opportunities and make a better life. I am working and I’m able to love my grandchildren.

I hope that someday I can give back and help other people who are struggling like I once was. Now I have hope, anything is possible.

Thank you for introducing me to a whole new life.


To read the full issue of the current Beacon with Daniel’s story, download it here.