God answered Rachel’s prayers

It’s hard to look at this photo and even imagine that Rachel was once a homeless addict living on the streets of San Diego, digging in garbage cans for food and begging for money!

“I thought my life was hopeless,” she says quietly. “I remember one night begging God to take me out of this world. I didn’t want to live anymore.”

God heard Rachel’s prayers, and His answer gave her new hope. Several months previously, she had applied to enter the 12-month recovery program at our Women and Children’s Center. She had never checked back to see if she had been accepted. Now, her application had come up again, a bed was available and the Rescue Mission was calling her!

Just days before coming here, Rachel had learned she was pregnant. “When I came here, it was like waking up from a bad dream,” Rachel says. “The way everything happened just saved my life. Instead of granting my wish for death, God put life inside of me!

Olivia came into the world on November 7, one of three babies born to women here at the Rescue Mission last year. Now, thanks to her entry into our recovery program, Rachel has not one, but three beautiful girls in her life – her two older daughters spend weekends here with their mother and their new baby sister!

“This place has helped me so much,” Rachel says tearfully. “I’m blessed to have a bed here and so grateful for everything that the staff and the donors do.”

“I’m happy that I have everybody in my life again. I never thought in a million years that it would be possible for me to live again.”

To hear the powerful stories – in their own words – of more people whose lives you have helped saved, visit Client Stories.