The Allentown Rescue Mission would like to congratulate two of our men who have graduated from the Transformation Program, Shane, and Carlos. These men both grew up in a similar lifestyle and both are changing their lives by working on the Clean Team.
Shane grew up being raised by his grandparents. When he was 13, his grandfather passed away and his grandmother kicked him out of the house. Shane was on his own since his early teenage years and he began to turn to friends for help. He was staying at a friend’s house until he had to get away from his life of drugs. He called 911 for help and was hospitalized for his mental state. When he was released from the hospital, he had nowhere else to go so he turned to the Allentown Rescue Mission. Shane says that through the Transformation Program, he has been saved and he learned it was a good thing to do to get his life back on track. Shane says that his goal after graduation is to work hard on the Clean Team and look for a permanent job to save money.
Carlos grew up with a bit of a rough childhood. He was raised by his mother but when finances became tough, he moved in with his grandparents for a better life. After turning to a lifestyle of alcohol and bad choices, Carlos found himself homeless and in need of help. He came to the Allentown Rescue Mission and enrolled in the Transformation Program. Carlos says “It is one of the best things I have done so far. It has given me a shot to rethink about my life and my choices that have gotten me this far.” Carlos recommitted to his faith and has realized, “God is here to love us and he wants us to turn our lives to him.” After his graduation, Carlos plans to continue his fellowship and teach others about the love God can provide.
The Allentown Rescue Mission would like to congratulate Shane and Carlos on their graduation. By taking the steps to complete the Transformation Program, it puts them one step closer towards being rehabilitated and restored into their community.