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Eric’s Success Story

“After more than 30 years in addiction, I thought my mind was done.”  At age 52, Eric Witcher never dreamed he would be looking forward to obtaining his GED.

Sober for the first time in his adult life, Witcher is an avid student who credits the Rescue Mission’s Learning Center for playing a key role in his recovery, growth, and development.  “A wise man will hear and will increase learning,” he says, quoting Proverbs 1:5.  “I got to spend an hour twice a week with my tutors in the Learning Center.  The fact that they volunteered to spend that time with me really encouraged me to work harder.  You can learn a lot if you’re willing to listen and accept help.”

Witcher had to start with learning how to type and use a computer.  “I got to where I could do all my homework and course work on the learning center computers,” he smiles.

Clear-minded for the first time in his adult life and a Recovery Program Graduate, Witcher gratefully envisions a future.  “I’m working for that GED.  I’m on the Graduate Peer Support staff at the Mission.  Eventually when I have another job and a place of my own, I’m going to stay close to this Mission because God has saved me and brought me through all that addiction so I can help other people.  I’ve been working on my physical condition, but this Rescue Mission has worked on my heart.  I used drugs, I sold drugs, I spent a lot of time in prison. I’m one of the hard-core, but it got through to me.”

A Learning Center volunteer created The Butterfly Fund to purchase educational software and materials and GED practice tests to help program participants like Witcher. Will you help it grow?  Simply click The Butterfly Fund on the donation page to designate your gift.

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