When people come to the Muncie Mission they are often at the lowest point of their lives. Other options have been exhausted. They arrive with their defenses alert; feeling like no one really cares. The standard luggage for most arriving guests is a black plastic trash bag.
Here, their physical needs are met first. They’re given clothing, a warm meal, a secure place to sleep, life skill training and more. After a few days of nutritious meals, they begin to feel better and see how our staff cares for them and will often express a desire to learn to live a new way, to begin a new life.
In the past few years, hundreds of men have arrived. Some needed immediate or temporary relief; others entered the recovery program to address deeper issues and start anew. Among that number were Scott, David, Dustin and Steven. Two had arrived upon release from jail. One came from a different city by bus, and another walked to the Mission.
For the past year these men have faced the difficult work with counselors to address addiction, emotional and spiritual needs. Early in the program a tumor was discovered on Dustin’s brain requiring surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. It’s been a difficult year for him but our staff has been by his side. This past January, friends, family and the community filled a local church to capacity to celebrate as these men graduated from the Muncie Mission Liberty Street Recovery Program.
Because of your partnership, these lives which were once broken now have new life. They’re all currently involved in local churches. Scott, who has musical training, was asked to be the director of the Easter choir at his church and is working toward a college degree. David is living in his own apartment and involved with his church. Both Dustin and Steven are working at the front desk of the Mission. Steven’s story is included in the April newsletter and Dustin’s was featured in the previous one.
These men are examples of residents who come to the Mission, whose lives can be changed. On behalf of our residents, thank you. You are making a difference!