From Victim to Volunteer

When Jeramie got mugged on the streets last summer, it was the best thing that could have happened to him.

But we’ll let him tell the story:

“I was a single dad to four boys. One of my sons has a disability. I had to leave work often to take care of him. Eventually, I lost jobs because of missing too many days. Over the years, I started using street drugs to manage my thinking. At first, I was able to work, take care of the kids, and use. But finally it all caught up with me.

“I lost custody of my sons. I started sleeping in my drug dealer’s truck. Then he kicked me to the streets.

“The first night out there, I got mugged. Bleeding and broken, I managed to keep my cell phone. It was hard to ask for help, but I called my sister for a ride to the hospital. When I got out, I told my mom I had no place to go. She said, ‘I don’t want my son dead; walk down the street to Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities!’

“I was scared. What could I expect at a homeless shelter? But after awhile, I knew I had come to the right place. Everyone supports me here. The staff loves me and wants me to succeed. Now I am getting the help I need for my addiction and mental health. I am clean and sober, thanks to your gifts.

“Here, you’re providing a way for me to return the favor. I serve food to people who are homeless out of my own pocket and am active with the homeless through my church. Giving back helps my recovery.

“If I hadn’t gotten mugged last summer, I would still be struggling in hopelessness. If I didn’t receive your support, I’d be right back on the street and might even be dead. I am thankful for the blessings that keep coming my way because of your support of Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities.”

That’s a story your gifts make possible. You’re providing freedom from hopelessness!

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