Content warning: This story mentions suicide.Intense trauma caused Terry to go into hiding.  “I was in a bad car accident…” she said. “Technically, I died three times at the [scene of the] accident, but somehow, the ‘man upstairs’ brought me back.”   Recovering from a car accident alone would be challenging enough. But a year later came another crushing blow, when … Read more


Building Faith – Aleta grew up having a strong faith. But when a custody battle over her son didn’t go the way she had hoped and prayed, it shook her to the core. ”In that moment, my faith just completely broke,” she said.  Aleta also dealt with PTSD from a near-death experience. “I started drinking more and more to sleep … Read more


Lexi grew up in foster care, bouncing from home to home. She was adopted at 17. Once she turned 18 she was kicked out and became homeless. That’s where she hit rock bottom. “I started using [drugs] when I became homeless because I was just trying to survive and that was the only way I knew,” she said. “I didn’t … Read more


Building Faith – Fermin came to the Ascent program in need of a new life during the pandemic. Because of the hard times caused by the pandemic, he was unemployed and suffering. The Ascent Program came alongside him during his time of need. He says, “This program has allowed me to restore my faith with God, creating a new man … Read more


Building Lives – “I was on the streets. I stayed at the Drop-In Center for eight or nine months. I’m bipolar and schizophrenic. And I wasn’t on my medication, and I was fighting to not be on medication.” For six months, Agape Home staff worked with Shannon to get her to move into Agape. She said, “ I didn’t think … Read more


Building Hope – Jon was living in a broken down trailer in Fairhaven when the Mission’s Street Connect team began reaching out with supplies and building a relationship. He was fed up with his addiction and life on the street. Today, Jon is in the Ascent Recovery Program and is participating in the Ascent Pursuit Outreach Program. As part of … Read more


Building Faith –

Going blind and in the throes of addiction to drugs and alcohol, Theroux needed support.  At our Base Camp shelter, he began his recovery journey and started helping out around the shelter.

He then entered the Mission’s Ascent Program, where his recovery journey began in earnest. He began taking care of his diabetes and eye problems, and also got the support he needed to address drug and alcohol issues.

“I decided I wanted to fight to keep my eyes, fight to see, fight to keep living,” he said. “Gaining back my sight was a spiritual wake-up call.”

The Ascent program uses the Genesis Process, an evidence-based relapse prevention program, for substance use and other self-destructive behaviors. It combines biblical teachings with evidence-based clinical practices. This program helped Theroux grow in his faith and in his recovery.

Today Theroux’s medical conditions have greatly improved. He is in recovery and is growing everyday.

As an intern with the Ascent Program, he works at Base Camp and with the Outreach Team helping others.

“I see that man on the sidewalk with no tent, and I understand what he’s feeling,” said Theroux.

He said it feels good to help people who are going through the same things he did while living on the streets. “I know what it’s like to feel real hunger,” he said. “I know how much food means. I know how much water means.”

His goals are to continue to grow in his relationship with God and follow where He leads.

“The Mission changed my life and put me on the path I should be following. I was blind physically and mentally. Now I see.


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