"Get a job." But after Edward's brother died, he could barely function. The are two sides to every story . . . if you have the compassion to look deeper.
How many times have you seen a homeless person and heard someone say:
"Get a job."
Edward has heard those words many times. As a longtime resident of the streets who slept on sidewalks, he heard it every day. But he was so down for so long, he started to believe it:
Maybe I am just a bum.
I'll tell you the other side of Edwards story in a moment, but for now know this:
There are plenty of people like Edward in Savannah . . . men, women and children on the streets or without a home . . . hungry, hopeless, and hurting. Your donations to Old Savannah City Mission could literally help rescue one of these suffering souls.
Edward often has a smile on his face, but he says it is mostly fake.
"People don't know how much pain I have experienced, in more ways than one," he says. "So much pain that I considered suicide . . ."
Edward's childhood was tragic. "My dad was abusive, and my mom was an alcoholic. They divorced when I was about 6."
The final straw for Edward was when his younger brother was tragically killed in an auto accident.
Edward turned to booze to numb his pain. He held a job for a while, but his drinking spun out of control as he fell into deeper depression. He held a gun to his head at one point, before deciding to give life "another shot."
He came to the Mission, where he was greated with a warm meal, followed by a hot shower and clean clothes. For the first time in years, he slept safely and soundly. After breakfast the next morning, he began the process of entering the Urban Training Institute, and received the help in finding the hope he desperately needed.
In time, Edward began to heal, to transform from the inside out. His depression diminished, and he had more spring in his step. New life was taking hold.
"Now I look at things differently," he says. "I'm happier than ever . . . and not just on the outside. If it weren't for the Mission, I'd probably be dead. I feel like I've gotten my life back.
Today, Edward is a changed man. He has beaten his alcoholism . . . his depression is under control . . . he has found purpose. And Edward has a job and will be living on his own soon!
Edward gives thanks to God, the Mission, and especially YOU for his transformation.
Will you open your heart today to help another someone like Edward? Your generous gift today could literally make a life-or-death difference for a hurting neighbor.
God bless you, William Stiles, Sr. Executive Director
P.S. Remember, there are two sides to every story. Put your compassion into action with a gift today. Thank you!