Two Homeless Guys enter rehab
This past tuesday, one of our dedicated Volunteers Corwin took two guys to interview for spots at Teen Challenge. They got accepted! Teen Challenge has been providing Christian based recovery to addicts for over 50 Years (www.teenchallenge.com). The title could be confusing- it serves anyone who is 18 or older.
The day was an answer to our prayers. We've been buildin trusting relationships with these guys for over a year now so for them to make a decision to get sober, was an encouragement to us. Both have been in programs before- a common fact with many of the Homeless we interact with. It was very comforting to hear from the guy who runs the house they will be staying in. He was 54 by the time he was ready to quite his past- running with Hell's Angels and using Heroin. I could sense that his words were assuring for the two guys we brought there. The idea that it's never too late.
Part of our Model is to not only connect homeless to resources but to stay connected once they are in a program.
Our team will write to the guys, visit them on family days and give them calls.
Since we are Christians dealing with individuals who enter rehab, it's important for us to understand the principles of the Twelve Steps. We find them to be very applicable to our daily walk with the Lord. I wanted to share a twelve step principle and it's Biblical comparison with you:
Step #1 We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it our. (Romans 7:18)
The first ten days are a real test for these guys as they Detox and regain thier faculties. We pray that as they enter into working on thier 1st step, they will be strengthened.