Grady used drugs for nearly 30 years, a way of life which eventually destroyed his marriage. “I took care of the household bills, but after that, I would be gone for a week or two and spend all the money,” he says.
When his marriage fell apart, Grady wound up sleeping in his car, until another homeless man told him about the Union Rescue Mission’s Emergency Shelter. Grady began coming here for our evening meal and a place to sleep, and a week later, joined the New Beginnings life-change program. “I felt like I was really ready,” he says. “I’ve been off and on drugs for years and years. I was tired.”
Grady has grown and healed through the program’s life-skills classes such as anger management.
“I had a real bad temper…the street mentality to a degree, but I was able to calm that down,” he says. “I learned to be patient.”
He’s also grown spiritually through the program’s Bible studies. “I went to church all my life, but I never paid attention to God or the message,” he says. “They taught me Scripture. They give you all the tools so you can be productive, go out and help others, do what’s right, what God’s purpose is for you.”
Since graduating from the program, Grady has remarried, has a new baby and two stepchildren, and works at the school board. “When I come home, I am Dad. I take them to football practice. I take care of the baby. I’m at church every Sunday,” Grady says. “I give all the glory to God.”
Grady also visits and volunteers at the Mission once a month. “There’s a life-changing experience there if you are willing to follow the path to get it,” he says. “I try to give something back for what they did for me.”
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