Reaching Out...Changing Lives


Your support is giving Brian a second chance!

“I’m proud of what I’m doing and who I’ve become.”

Brian grew up in a Christian home, where he learned to love the Lord. But when he was 16, he fell in with the wrong crowd and fell away from his faith. “I started getting into drugs and alcohol and I stopped praying,” he says. “I got very disconnected.”

For the next 12 years, Brian used regularly, but he was a functioning addict, graduating from high school, holding down jobs and starting a family. Then, 10 years ago, his addiction spiraled out of control, costing him jobs, alienating his child and leaving him homeless. “I lost everything,” he says. “I went through a lot of different rehabs and nothing worked.”

Then he entered our Parker House Aftercare Program, where Bible studies, chapel services, devotions and Christian counseling restored his faith. “I was hoping this program would reconnect me to God and it absolutely did,” he says, joyfully. “I found something positive in the devotionals every day and Bible passages were taught in a way that gave me a whole new understanding.”

Brian graduated from the program, has his own place and is enrolled in the HVAC program at Mohawk Valley Community College, where he has a 4.0 GPA. “When I left the Mission, I had a whole new drive. I just wanted to move forward and better myself,” he says.

He’s been clean for more than two years now, and his relationship with his 15-year-old daughter has been restored. “She comes to visit every other weekend or more, and when she sees all my accomplishments, she’s very happy.”

Brian is beyond grateful for this second chance in life – and says it’s thanks to the love you’ve shown for a neighbor like him. “Before I came to the Mission, I was lost, but now I have goals and I’m achieving them. I’m proud of what I’m doing and who I’ve become. I couldn’t ask for more.”

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Brian’s story of hope and healing is inspiring. Our Addiction Crisis Center & Parker House Residential Aftercare Program exists to help people in Utica find healing. Will you help provide this help to others?

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