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Can Anyone Teach Me To Fish?

I thought I would share with you the story of “Tom” to encourage and bless you.  Please remember-Yes, we serve the disadvantaged 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Yes, we have a short and long term program for men.  Yes, we have a ministry to women and families.  Yes, we have a thrift store.  And a big Yes for those needing help and hope for a changed life.
Together We Are Making A Difference! 



I am 26 years old, born in Toledo, Ohio.  I am the oldest of twins by one minute.  Our mother was a drug addict and father never a part of our life.  We were taken from our mother and placed in foster care when we were young.  The family we were placed with had 3 children of their own and shortly after our coming brought 2 more foster children into the home.  Seven children in a small house brought many challenges and times were hard.  We moved many times.

After high school, I drifted from one thing to another.  Living in 5 states in 9 years.  I tried drinking, drugs and every relationship went sour.  I found I could get a lot of handouts but what I needed was a hand-up.  I needed direction, purpose, stability.  I was able to survive because people were willing to give me a fish . . . but I was empty and going nowhere.  I was new in town and asked someone on the street, “is there some place I could get a free meal?”  He told me about Fairhaven Rescue Mission.  I not only had a great meal but I found out they also had beds.  After of couple of nights at Fairhaven, I was told about the long term program.  On March 8, 2018 I entered the New Life Program.

I am learning to fish!  For the first time, I feel I have a sense of purpose, a plan.  I have found a place that does not give handouts but an opportunity for a hand-up.

I am growing closer to God every day.  I am working every day and learning how to save my money and live on a budget.  I have a plan and am setting goals to achieve - not only while I am here but for the days after Fairhaven. 

I have found a place that is teaching me how to fish!  Please pray for me that I would continue to grow in my relationship with God.  That I would continue to take baby steps that will allow me to continue my journey and desire to fish!

Thank you to the staff, volunteers and all those that pray and give to Fairhaven.  It has not only saved my life but given me hope for tomorrow.



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