In July, a Rescue Mission resident reached out to TinCaps President, Mike Nutter, with a special request. He didn't tell any of his friends at The Rescue Mission, or any staff. The resident wrote such a moving letter that the TinCaps were happy to grant his request. Below is the letter that he sent.
"Dear Mr. Nutter,
I am in the long-term program at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. I was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. What brought me to Fort Wayne was a good friend. When I lost my grandmother in January, I fell into my addiction very hard. She was all I had left, as far as family goes.
Both of my parents were only children, and so am I. When my mother died in 2010, I prayed to God every day to take me. I was trying to take my own life through drugs, but it never happened. Long story short, I got involved in drug dealing, hoping someone would kill me.
On September 7, 2010, I went on a drug deal, and God answered my prayer. A gun was pulled on me, and I had to jump out of the vehicle. I was on a ventilator for four days, then in a coma for two and a half months. My face was reconstructed with metal plates. I am blessed to be here today.
So when I lost my grandmother, I was sinking into the same thoughts, until a good friend called, and said he heard I was going through tough times, and he said I should go to The Rescue Mission for help. I only had enough money to make it to South Bend. I was prideful, and didn't want to ask anyone for help, so I Googled the walking directions to Fort Wayne. It was 81 miles. I started walking. It was me and God.
I took Highway 33, and when I got to a city called Ligonier, I was hit by a car. They kept going and left me. It was 6:30AM on February 22, 2017. I was taken to Parkview North in Fort Wayne. I was put in a cast because my arm was broken. For two months I was in a cast, after that they put a plate in my arm, because the bone did not heal.
Since arriving to The Rescue Mission, I have been blessed. The staff here are very caring and supportive. I am now in Phase 2 of the program. I am projected to graduate next year in May.
One of my goals is to enroll at Ivy Tech for Human Services. I want to be a counselor for either kids or adults. I want to be able to help people better themselves.
Mr. Nutter, I wanted to tell you a little about me and what I'm doing to better myself. I am a huge baseball fan and so are some of the guys in the long-term program. While in the program, we are not able to work. We can't afford to go to a baseball game. The guys in the program are a great bunch, they welcomed me with open arms. I may not have family, but I have my brothers in Christ. They are the reason I'm writing this letter.
I know this is something that may not be possible, but at least I can say to myself that I tried. I am asking if there is any way that our program guys and I could attend a TinCaps day game before the end of the season. If there was any way that tickets could be provided for us and at least four staff members.
I am doing this on my own, no one knows that I am trying to get us tickets for a TinCaps game. I know that you have more important things to tend to, but I am just trying to do something good for the guys. they are very special to me, and mean a lot.
I would like to thank you for your time. If it cannot happen, it's OK, at least you took the time to read my letter. Well Mr. Nutter, again, thank you. If I do not hear back from you, I would like to still wish you a successful season, on and off the field."
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