“I had absolutely no place to go. i was at the ultimate rock bottom in my life.”

After years of growing up with an alcoholic father and grandfather, Rory eventually found himself caught in the same addiction. His drinking continued to spiral out of control and after burning all his bridges with friends and family, Rory ended up homeless and with nowhere to go.

“I FINALLY DECIDED I NEEDED SOME HELP AND PUT MYSELF INTO A DETOX FACILITY AND THEN I WOULD LOOK INTO GETTING INTO A PROGRAM RIGHT AFTER.”

Rory spent a Christmas in detox and began his search for programs that could offer further help. Hope Mission ended up being the first place that opened the doors to Rory. He found out that they had a year-long addictions recovery program and a plan for him to transition into housing after the program. Rory caught the first shuttle to Edmonton and his life has never been the same since.

“I AM VERY THANKFUL FOR HOPE MISSION AND WHAT THEY DID FOR ME THROUGH THE BREAKOUT PROGRAM.”

Since coming to Hope Mission, Rory’s life has been forever changed. As he looks forward to graduation and a new beginning, Rory is thankful to be putting his life in God’s hands.

“I’VE WORKED IN THE KITCHEN DURING MY TIME IN THE PROGRAM AND TO SEE THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT THEY FEED — IT’S INCREDIBLE. I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT THERE WERE PLACES THAT DO THIS MUCH.”

This Thanksgiving, you can provide a meal and care for a hurting and hungry neighbour for just $2.70. For many, a simple meal can be the beginning of a journey towards healing, hope, and transformation.