Eddie loved his mom – so much so that he moved across the country and into her home to help take care of her. He had struggled with alcohol in the past, but he was trying to leave that behind.
While Eddie was away for a few days, his sister made a decision that would change his life forever. She moved their mom into a nursing home, cleaned out the apartment where they were living and left Eddie with nothing.
“I’d been working and doing well. Now…I was homeless.”
The idea of sleeping on the streets terrified Eddie. Fortunately, he never had to. He heard about the Christian Aid Center and came looking for a safe place to stay and help to get back on his feet. Soon, he was in our Rebuilders Program. He dedicated himself to our life-skills classes and took to heart guidance from our staff. He started to heal emotionally – and over time, decided he wanted to be baptized.
"It's just amazing what God has done in my life,” Eddie says. “When I arrived at the CAC, I was down in the gutter. I had no hope.”
Now, Eddie serves in our kitchen as part of our work therapy program. He still has several months before he graduates from our Rebuilders Program, which typically takes 12-18 months to complete. At that time, he’ll be part of a formal graduation ceremony at CAC. But until then, Eddie is already enjoying the promise of a brighter future.
“Before, I was lost. Now, I’m found. I have peace of mind. I’m not stressed and worried anymore. I believe that all things are possible through Christ. I know I have a future,” he says.
Eddie is thankful for the way you have answered God’s calling to love your neighbor as yourself – and have helped him learn how to love himself.
“The Christian Aid Center is outstanding. They do so much to help people. It’s just a beautiful place.”