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There’s no magic wand to make things better

There’s no magic wand to make things better

To ease the pain of losing his only son to suicide eight years ago, Robert began drinking, and was literally drinking himself to death. It took a good friend, and memory from his childhood, to bring him to the Mission for help.Robert’s mother worked at the Marion VA...

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It wasn’t my time to go yet!

It wasn’t my time to go yet!

Like so many men and women who come to Faith Mission of Michiana hoping to begin new lives, Ritchie had a pretty normal childhood. “I started drinking at 16. We’d go cruising in our cars and get beer.” His consumption increased after he married the first time, when he...

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Now I don’t have to walk the streets…

Now I don’t have to walk the streets…

When Barbara began having medical problems several years ago, no one really understood what was going wrong. “I kept going to the hospital, and they kept sending me back home,” she remembers today. “My kids were in their 20’s then,” she recalls. “They were very...

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Taking life one day at a time…

Taking life one day at a time…

Though alcohol took over her father’s life when she was growing up, all in all Teresa says she had “a pretty normal childhood.” It wasn’t until she married “the wrong man” and had a child on her own that the real struggles began. “I was working and raising my son,”...

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Excited About What God Has Given Her

“Mom died when I was six, and my grandparents got custody. My father was in and out of my life. I began rebelling when I was 13 and had my first child at 16.” A family member introduced Samantha to drugs, and by the time she was 22, she was not only the mother of two...

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Love Without Boundaries

Dealing with responsibilities beyond her years, pain from two back surgeries before she was 18, and periods of addiction to pain killers, Cassandra grew up thinking “there was something wrong with me.” She went from caring for a step-brother and sister to having her...

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New Hope & New Life

I have lived my hell right here on earth,” Carolyn says. The hell of which Carolyn speaks began as a child, when she was abused physically, mentally, and sexually. It continued later in life when, as a single mom, she lost two children to a horrific car accident....

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Joy and God

Joy and God have always been a part of Sabrina’s life. Her grandmother, an “amazing woman” named Victory, made sure that whatever else was happening, God and church and the Bible were there, too. The joy came from her father who played guitar and often had Sabrina...

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Wanting to Give Back

In 2008, John, along with thousands of others in Michiana, got hit hard by the recession. When the economy took a dive and stayed there, one of the first things that went south was the building of new homes – and John’s livelihood. “They foreclosed on my house." John...

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Determined to Make a Better Life

It’s a wonder Kasey remembers much of her childhood at all. Most of us would block such a horrific time from our minds. Raped and molested. Taken from her parents. Living on the streets. Placed in foster homes and drugged to keep her anger at bay. His denial lasted...

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