Timothy first came to the Los Angeles Mission in August 2016. He had been drinking alcohol since the age of 16 and came to us to get sober. His family also battled with alcoholism.

Timothy says one of the hardest parts was making it to class on time and following a daily schedule when he first joined our Life Start program. However, he liked the Christian component to the program and wanted to follow Jesus. Timothy says his family never took him to church as a child.

Timothy was in jail when he learned about the Los Angeles Mission. He had committed welfare fraud and he knew he’d never be able to repay it. His goals were to find employment, a place to live and stay sober. He knew if he didn’t come here to the Los Angeles Mission, he’d be back on the streets.

While Timothy was homeless, he stayed in the parks because they had outlets. He would plug in a hairdryer and use it to keep warm. 

Timothy says he would recommend our program to anyone who wants to stay sober and grow closer to God. “There is temptation right around the corner when you’re trying to stay sober. The chaplains here have been where we’re at. They set the greatest piece of wisdom. They teach us not to feel ashamed, to set boundaries and that it’s okay to say no.”

Timothy wanted to give this message to the donors: “Thank you on behalf of all of us at the Mission. I appreciate your donations and your support. Now I feel guilty not being able to help others. But in the future, I know I will be able to repay this kindness many times over.”

For now, he knows he needs to work on himself.

Thank you on behalf of Timothy and other people like him who want a better future. You give them hope, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.