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“Getting our lives back on track.”

Over the past three decades, Tim and his twin brother both worked hard.

There were eight years in a textile mill, followed by fourteen years at a plastics factory and then six years at a convenience store. When they were let go from their last job, neither was able to find work.

They lived with their mother in Stockertown, north of Easton, until she passed away. She left her sons some money in savings, but it all went to pay bills and buy groceries. Since they still couldn’t find work, the money soon ran out.

Three months behind in their rent, Tim and his brother were evicted.

A sister was unable to take them in, but she knew about the Gateway Center here at the Mission and told them to check us out.

The brothers spent two weeks in our Gateway Center emergency shelter, taking their first steps back to self-sufficiency. From there, they moved on to our long-term Christian

Living Program, where they received encouragement to resolve the causes of their homelessness and the training and skills to end it...like learning to prepare resumes to use in a job search.

After graduation, Tim and his brother went to work on the Mission’s Clean Team and began looking for full-time employment.

Tim is grateful for the help he has received, and thankful that the Mission was there to provide it.

These programs “help you get closer to God,” he says. “They help you find jobs and get your life back on track!”

To read the rest of the issue of Tidings, click here.