This is music to Jose’s ears:
“I’m proud of my dad because he’s there for me now.”
“Now I can count on him to be here for my birthday.”
But it wasn’t always like that for Jose’s kids. Before he got help his kids said he wasn’t himself. He was a stranger.
“I got mad at my dad when he would drink.”
“It wasn’t him. It was a different person.”
“I was worried something might happen to him.”
Here’s Jose’s story in his own words:
“I started with alcohol. I always drank socially but it became so much that it consumed my life. I drank at night then again in the morning.
I was working at a nonprofit that helps formerly gang-involved folks transition to employment. They cared about me and even though they didn’t want to do it, they had to let me go because of my drinking.
After I lost my job, alcohol just wasn’t enough and I started messing around with drugs.
I left my family and slept in the car because I didn’t want them to see my like that. Every two or three days I could sober up but it wouldn’t last.
I didn’t understand why I couldn’t stop. I was white knuckling it and went downhill fast.
I stayed in touch with the folks at my old job and they suggested I get help from The Salvation Army. Once I entered the program, I finally figured out what the problem was: I had a powerful addiction.
Now that I’m clean and sober, my old boss hired me back. I started at the front desk and was recently promoted. Now I’m helping people in our community.
I have a life beyond my wildest dreams.
Every night when I come home from work I open the door and my 2-year-old son comes running to me saying, “dad, dad!” My older kids show me their homework and tell me about all about the day at school.
All my life I wanted what I have today. If someone offered me a million dollars to give it up, I wouldn’t. No way.
At The Salvation Army I surrendered and got the help I’d been needing. The Salvation Army is our church now. My wife and kids go there with me as a family every Sunday. I can’t thank them enough.”
There are Salvation Army programs in almost every community in the US that make families whole again. This Father’s Day, can you help give kids like Jose’s their dad back?
:: Click here to make a financial gift to The Salvation Army that will bring healing to local families through our transitional living, shelter and addiction recovery programs.
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