"From the day I came, I haven't looked back"


Jason was at the end of his rope. An addiction to drugs and alcohol had taken everything away. He had no family or friends, no home, no faith.

“I blamed everything wrong in my life on God,” Jason says. “Then one day, I realized it wasn’t God ruining my life, but me.”

He decided he didn’t want this kind of life anymore: the hopelessness, the emptiness, the shame. So Jason turned himself in to his probation officer and admitted that he needed real help.

When he got to the Mission, he joined our 10-month Life Change Program. And immediately, Jason began learning that sobriety was a choice. “A lot of us don’t know how to live our lives right, so we need all the help we can get.”

Jason made another important choice at the Mission: he accepted Christ. “I grew up in the church, but lost touch with God along the way. Now, I realize that serving God is something I also have to choose every day.”

Now graduated, Jason focuses on serving others. He returns to the Mission regularly, encouraging men in our program toward mental, physical and spiritual health.

Clean and sober, with restored relationships and a renewed faith in Christ, Jason has found the place where his passion meets the world’s needs… and it’s at the Mission. As he puts it, “I’m grateful the Mission helped me overcome what I needed to so I could live a truly blessed life.”

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Help other men like Jason…

Jason's story of hope and healing is inspiring. Our Life Change Program exists to help other men in Northern New Jersey find healing. Will you help provide this help to others?