Fifteen years of struggling with addiction had put Nate on a path of self-destruction. After 38 days in jail following a DUI, he knew something had to change.
“I’ve lived in Nashville all my life. I knew the Mission was a homeless shelter, but I had no idea they had anything to do with recovery. Getting into their Life Recovery Program was something the Lord orchestrated.”
Nate had tried several different rehabs, but this was his first time going through a faith-based program. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but from the moment I walked through the doors, I felt welcomed.
I immediately sensed God everywhere in this building. For the first time in my life, I experienced a genuine, authentic community.
Following graduation from the Program, Nate found a job, and then moved into the Mission’s transitional housing where he continues to stay involved and connected with his community at the Mission.
“There are a lot of things I’d say about the Mission. First and foremost, it’s an opportunity for a new life. I’ve had the chance to find myself, and find out who I am in Christ. He’s truly the restorer, and He’s bringing things back so much quicker than I ever could’ve imagined.”
“When I think about this experience, the word transformation comes to mind—something along the lines of like beauty from ashes—beauty from brokenness. I felt a sense of peace that I’ve never experienced before and it started the day I walked through those doors. I’m so grateful.”