WE BELIEVE IN CHANGE
It all began November 5, 2013 my father past away. Then in the spring of 2014, I started having back pain and numbness in my left leg. The place I worked had me do a “fit for duty exam”. Which I failed. After 28 years with that company I had to take an early retirement.
By taking the early retirement my retirement pay was reduced significantly and I started going into a deep, deep depression. I spiraled down for approx. a year and a half to 2 years.
March 1st of 2016 I lost all hope and decided to drive to FL and take my life to be with my late wife who had taken her life Dec. 23rd of 2001.
My plans didn’t work. I drove back to Ohio and I stopped at Deerfield Circle in a vacant parking lot. I prayed to God, “What do I do?” I was going to go to West Branch and end it all and a little voice said, “Call the VA.” Being a disabled Vet, I called. They had me go to the Warren VA clinic where I talked to mental health counselors. I stayed with a friend for a few days and then went to the Warren Family Mission. I was homeless I had walked away from everything, I was alone, scared, depressed, but I didn’t lose my faith in Jesus Christ. Through the Warren Family Mission and the many programs through the VA, my life has completely turned around in 2 months. I have joy, my hope has been restored, and I have love of life.
It reminds me, “Ya though I walk thru the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” I feel like I walked through that “valley.” It also reminds me of Foot Prints in the sand, When I asked God to carry me He did. He was carrying me when I didn’t realize He was.
I worked in the kitchen with Pastor Chris and I loved it. I looked forward to going and helping others with him. There were so many brothers in Christ that have sowed into my life from WFM. I am so grateful for my time there.