“The Mission has done for me what no one else has been able to do. It’s given me Jesus Christ and hope that my life can get better …”

Chris might have died… if it hadn’t been for the Mission’s Hope Clinic, where Supervisor and RN Fran Pratt recognized the severity of her patient’ s symptoms and rushed him to the emergency room.

A resident in our men’s Life Recovery Program, Chris had no idea he was bleeding internally. “I was so weak, I thought I was going to pass out,” he recalls. “When Fran said ‘You gotta go!’  I thank God I did –because who knows what would’ve happened if I’d waited another day.” Chris later learned he’d lost one-third of his body’s blood.

But Fran’s concern for Chris didn’t end at the hospital doors. She talked with him daily and even kept his mother informed of his condition. Her compassion was shared by the supervisor of the Men’ s Life Recovery Program who visited Chris at his bedside. His brothers in the program kept tabs on him too.

“I didn’t go an hour without calling the clinic or coming by, asking about Chris,” Fran says.

After five days in the hospital, Chris was released back into the Mission’s care. Fran and the staff are monitoring him on a daily basis as he builds up his strength and returns to complete our recovery program. “We don’t want him to do too much too soon and in any way hamper his progress,” Fran says. “We don’t want anything to stand in the way of his success.”

Today, after overcoming a 20-year addiction and now a life-threatening illness, Chris is grateful for the hope he has found at the Mission.“God has been working in my life and has given me a second chance,” he says. “That’s for sure the most hope I could ever wish for.”

“Everyone around me has given me hope. I was so scared about what was happening to me, and everyone at the Mission was so gracious and loving toward me.”

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