When Carter first arrived at Cityteam, he was so undernourished that even though he stood at almost six-foot-three, he weighed only 147 pounds.
At first, Carter would hoard food in his shelter bed. To this day, he cannot explain why he did it. Likely it was post-traumatic stress from having gone hungry for so many months.
“I used to go by restaurants and when someone had left their table, I would walk in, grab their scraps and walk out,” he said. “I was so hungry.”
Eventually, after a few days of going to bed with a full stomach and waking up to a good breakfast, Carter started behaving more normally again.
He told us: “When I first came to Cityteam, I did not feel well at all. I was exhausted and I was not thinking clearly.”
Meals That Heal
If we could have seen an MRI of Carter’s brain before he came to Cityteam and then a few weeks after, we would have noticed dark voids filling in with healthy white tissue – all from getting enough sleep, eating right and exercising.
That’s how important the meals you provide are. Those meals brought Carter back to life. With his body and mind healthier, he was able to take our life and job skills classes and began plans to start a new career in the counseling profession.
“Not a day goes by that I’m not brushing my teeth and thanking God for the toothbrush and toothpaste . . . and the bar of soap and the shower. It’s because of people who give to Cityteam that I have the opportunity to better my life and to hopefully better many lives along my way. It’s pay-it-forward time.”