Jose needed a place to rebuild . . . he found that place at CityTeam.
Jose could only travel the road of addiction, homelessness, and depression for so long before hitting a dead end.
Growing up around drugs, teenage Jose thought using was a normal part of life. “I thought it was okay for me to use drugs and alcohol,” he says.
But as time went on, the addiction grew worse. Jose found himself either homeless or behind bars. And all the while, his mental health was spiraling downward. “Due to my heavy use of methamphetamine, I became suicidal,” says Jose.
Jose would sleep in his friend’s car, then in the morning find a way to get his next high — even if that meant spending all his money on drugs and alcohol instead of food. “That was my routine every day,” he says.
Eventually, addiction cost him relationships with his family, friends, and son. “I closed every single door,” says Jose. To cope with the pain, he sunk deeper into drug use. “It was the way I would face all my problems.”
When Jose finally hit that dead end, he was left with two options: jail or CityTeam. His decision changed everything.
Knowing this truth, Jose is setting long-term goals. He plans to become a counselor after graduating from CityTeam. “I want to give back and help people with my story,” says Jose.
ROAD TO RESTORATION
Since his arrival at CityTeam, Jose has seen a complete turnaround in his life. The suicidal thoughts that once tormented him are gone, along with his cravings for drugs.
It’s because of God’s grace and the generosity of those supporting CityTeam that Jose was able to face his dead end and make genuine changes. For him and so many other neighbors in need, that turnaround can begin with a meal.
“Without CityTeam, I probably wouldn't be alive right now,” says Jose. “If you get the tools and you’re willing to change your life around, it will work.”
Most life-changing of all, Jose committed his life to Jesus. Along his journey of restoration, Jeremiah 29:11 has kept his heart encouraged: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
“Being on the streets is not easy. Finding something to eat or a place to shower is not easy. I’m so grateful to have all of that and a warm bed to sleep in at CityTeam.”