Why I turned to The Mission for help: David


David is a thoughtful man who first came to the Mission for help after years of problematic alcohol use were made worse by difficult personal issues. “There was nowhere else to go. If it wasn’t for the Mission, I’d be dead now.”

David spent two years living at our shelter, and with the help of staff, found a place to live. Although he was living independently, he still accessed Mission programs such as the community meal service and the Day Program. “Help is always available from the Mission and I love that.”

David was also a resident of LifeHouse, which, as he notes, “helped me to learn new things and take a different point of view,” about his life. He also connected with our in-shelter teacher, Kathy, who has supported him tirelessly as he works through his Algonquin College program in medical transcription, which he expects to complete by December of 2021. In addition to Kathy’s help, The Mission helped with his tuition, textbooks, computer, pedal for transcription, and other supports to ensure his success.

“I’m a college student at 50 – it’s a real gift,” he smiles. “It’s magical how it all came together. I wouldn’t have made it without the support and encouragement I received here. I’m very grateful.”