Shawn began drinking and using drugs as a young teen. This led him to a life of addiction, selling drugs, and cycling in and out of prison.
At Cityteam, Shawn found hope and began the journey toward a new life.
After 8 months clean and sober, he wondered how he would find a job. With his history of drug use and jail time, the task of job hunting was intimidating and challenging.
One day, a couple of women came in to volunteer and talked with Shawn as they worked together. After some time, one volunteer said, “Well…if you know anyone looking for a job, we run a little restaurant down the street. We are looking for a cook.”
“I’m looking for a job!” Shawn couldn’t hold back his excitement, but he went on to explain, “I want to be honest. I just got out of prison; I have eight months sober; and I don’t know anything about cooking. But I need a job.”
“You can learn, can’t you?”
After his interview the following week, Shawn came running into the Cityteam office shouting, “I got a job! I got a job! Whew! I got a job! I think I’m gonna go cry or something! I can’t believe it.”
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Volunteers and donors often tell our staff that they didn’t realize how much Cityteam Portland helps the homeless, those living in poverty and those struggling with hunger and addiction. It’s true, we are passionate about saving lives while serving them with dignity and grace.
It’s hard to hide that more than 1,800 people sleep outside in tents or on the streets of Portland each night. God has called us at Cityteam to reach out and show them God’s love and give them the tools necessary to free them from their addiction and strive to become productive members of society that help others too. It’s a big task but nothing is impossible with Him.
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