Mark grew up right here in San Diego. He graduated from Kearny High School and attended Mesa Junior College.
He learned a trade and moved north to Santa Rosa where he met and married his wife and helped raise her two sons. Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce.
“I had accepted Christ as my Savior in high school,” says Mark. “But I was moving further and further away from the Lord, and I knew it.”
The divorce hit Mark hard and he “crashed.” “I was drinking way too much,” he remembers. Then disaster struck – Mark injured his knee and needed surgery. He could no longer work in his chosen trade.
Mark moved back to San Diego, but he didn’t want to be a burden on his family. “It just wasn’t right,” he says. It was when he began looking for shelter – a place to live to keep from being homeless and on the streets – that his brother-in-law told him about San Diego Rescue Mission.
Mark “checked us out,” and when he found out we were a Christian-based program, he applied for and was accepted into the 12-month residential recovery program at our Men’s Center.
In addition to housing and meals, this state-licensed program provides practical life skills such as vocational training and educational classes. Work therapy and individual therapy assist in the recovery of each client, and Bible study classes add to the men’s total transformation.
Incorporating a holistic approach to recovery that addresses mind, body and soul, our program helps residents overcome the problems that led them to be homeless in the first place.
Mark graduated in January, “Closer to God, my Lord Jesus Christ, and the Word I have needed so bad all these years.”
To hear the powerful stories – in their own words – of more people whose lives you have helped saved, visit SanDiegoRescueMission.org and click on “Our Programs,” then “Client Stories.”