We believe that because Jesus never gives up on us, we should in turn never give up on others. We strive to be a steady presence of hope in the community, always ready and welcoming when people decide to make a change in their life. Each day we strive to help people restore their lives and overcome addiction, unemployment, lack of stable housing, and so much more. We are excited to share with you the real life stories of those we serve and celebrate their victories with them. These testimonials also include stories from out volunteers because we find that their lives have also changed through the act of caring for someone else in need.
The ordinary made extraordinary by you:
- A Streetreach volunteer caseworker helped Charles locate needed services from other agencies, secure an apartment, and access available benefits. They will continue to counsel him through his transition into permanent housing.
- Volunteers from Building Hope Ministries provided the manpower and the truck for the move.
- Several local churches partnered with Streetreach and provided rent and utility deposits to move-in and invited him to shop for essentials like a bed, a table and chairs, and couch.
4. Enoch:Enoch often wondered why he was named after a biblical character. It was this intrigue that has led him on a life search for God. “I was reared in a single family home with a lot of love given to me and my older brother by a hard-working mother. We still visited our father, and spent much quality time with him also.” I was taught spiritual things and even made a profession of faith at ten years old. “As I grew up, the things of God did not hold any interest for me. My profession was simply head knowledge, but as I got older my life took a different course. I was a ‘Sunday believer’, not a disciple of Christ.”
Enoch was adrift in his own world of addiction, and the life that goes along with feeding a hellish habit. His loss of friends to prison and death began to take its toll on his life, but God intervened. “I arrived at the church host site, broken and lost. I stayed in the Streetreach program for three weeks when Jesus saved me , and I truly became a new creature in Christ. I am not the same man I used to be.” True indeed! Enoch is not the same man he used to be! When asked if he knew what his name meant, he spoke with a smile, “It means ‘dedicated’. I am dedicated to Christ and to my recovery. He wants me in His ministry full time, and that is to His glory!” Enoch is now living in the Life Center in Raleigh, and has recently gained employment. He plans to be certified as an advocate for people that are recovering from substance abuse.
Jerry first turned to drugs while serving in Vietnam to help silence the pain and suffering he endured on a daily basis overseas. Unfortunately, returning to civilian life as a decorated veteran was more difficult than he had anticipated, and after Jerry returned home, his drug use continued to escalate. It became harder and harder for Jerry to cope with day-to-day struggles, and he soon became an addict.
Jerry quickly ran out of money and turned to violence and robbery to fuel his bad habits. He lied to his family, lost his job, and did nothing to stop his life from spinning out of control. Eventually, he ended up in jail and at that point, he didn’t care about anything or anyone. Thankfully, while incarcerated, someone from our ministry saw something in him and gave him a second chance
We operate under a unique philosophy for helping hurting people and transforming lives. We call it “No Walls Necessary.” Our Street Team meets on the streets for people on the streets. In the New Testament, the church was never meant to be limited by space or location; there are no walls necessary to be a healthy community of faith. We will promote Christian community at each of these gatherings through the teaching of the Word, breaking of bread, fellowship and prayer.