Keith was introduced to marijuana in the ninth grade. Then alcohol entered his life in tenth grade. 

“I did graduate high school,” Keith said. “But I graduated with an addiction.”

Keith also went to college, but flunked out. He turned to the only thing he knew to feel better- alcohol.

“I was out of control,” he said. “One time I went to work completely intoxicated. They sent me home, and I was fired. It really hurt, and things continued to fall apart.”

In his 30’s, Keith’s drinking led to multiple arrests for public intoxication and domestic battery. He served a couple of sentences in jail.

“I was looking at either two years in prison, or making a real change,” Keith said.

He was sent to The Rescue Mission.

It wasn’t an easy decision, as Keith contemplated the big party he could have for his return home from jail time. 

“I thank God that didn’t happen,” he said. “I would have ended up back in prison.”

With anger, fear, and anxiety in his heart, Keith agreed to enter the long-term program at The Rescue Mission. 

“The Mission had a big part in saving my life,” Keith said. 

With the tools to fight his addiction, a new job, and a hopeful future with his wife and son, Keith has no room for fear in his heart. 

“God pulled out a dark heart and touched me in so many ways,” he said. “If it wasn’t for Him, this change wouldn’t be real. I look in the mirror now and see a brand-new person. I have become fearless. I am fearless, and I overcame. I’ve become the man that God wanted me to be.”