Restoration Stories

Let God Do The Work

When my wife passed away – leaving me with our 5- and 10-year-old daughters – I started drinking and using pain medications from my wife’s cancer treatments. I fell into full-blown addiction, so Child Protective Services took my two little girls.


I was broke, homeless and in total despair. As I wandered the streets aimlessly, God directed my path and I stumbled across Rockford Rescue Mission. A sign on the door said, “If you don’t have a friend in the world, you can find one here.”


I went through the Life Recovery Program in 2004 but didn’t finish. I left and things were going well for some time … but I forgot the Mission’s teachings and left God on the side. After a few painful years, everything was gone except my drug and alcohol addiction. I knew that I couldn’t handle life by myself, so I came back in 2020 to recommit myself to the Lord.


This is a faith-based, loving, caring program. I enjoy the structure that we get, including one-on-one Biblical guidance. The Genesis workbooks (the main curriculum in the recovery program) help correct your thinking with Scriptures and lessons for addiction recovery. We all come together as one … a big family filled with loving, caring people.


I graduated from the program this time and now am in transitional housing. I work as an intern in the Men’s Crisis Center as a peer group facilitator, helping lead a few anger management classes and sharing my story.


I freely give my time to anyone who needs it and I intend to stay here as long as I can. I’m applying to work at Rockford Rescue Mission because they saved me, so my job now is to give back and help direct somebody else … get them into the program and then let God do the work.


I am thankful the Mission saved me from self-destruction. They taught me about how Jesus loves us and gave me my life back.


Naomi’s testimony is featured in the current issue of The Rescuer.

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Our Crisis services provide food and shelter to those who need it most. Our Life Recovery programs exist to help men, women and children in the Rock River Valley find healing. Will you help provide this help to others?