ďIt was winter, and I had no place to go,Ē Scott recalls. Heíd been staying with his mother after losing his home, his career—and the woman he loved—because of his addiction to alcohol and drugs. But his mom was on a fixed income, and he could no longer watch her suffer as she sacrificed her own needs for his.
The temperature here in Connecticut can plunge to below zero! In Bridgeport, the average high for the winter months barely reaches above freezing. For the homeless who are exposed to these extremes without the right kinds of clothing, the weather isnít simply uncomfortable; it can be brutal and even deadly.
Scott began using drugs and alcohol as a teenager. Now, in his early 40s, heíd done his share of sleeping in parked cars and under bridges. Itís not hard to imagine some nights were so cold that he thought—even wished—they were his last. But God had other plans . . . and led Scott to Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
Through daily counseling, Christian guidance and Bible study—along with adult education and life-skills training—students in our New Life Discipleship Program learn how to depend on God for resolution of their harmful habits and destructive behaviors. When Scott graduates from the program, he plans to find a job and get a place of his own—and renew his relationship with the people who mean the most to him.