Scott grew up in Evansville. But he never imagined that someday, he’d be living in his car…or that he’d end up at the Evansville Rescue Mission.
“I’ve never been a drug or alcohol user, never smoked a day in my life.”
Through a series of bad choices, Scott lost his job, then his apartment. His friends suggested the Mission, but Scott was “stubborn.”
“I spent probably three or four cold months in my car,” he remembers. He eventually found an apartment, but was unable to stay more than a few months. He ended up in his car again, this time, during the summer. And that’s when God spoke to him.
“It felt like God just picked me up by my shirt, slapped me and said, ‘You’re going to die if you don’t get to the Mission.’” Scott listened. He stayed in the overnight shelter for a while, then joined our long-term residential P.A.C.E.S. program. “It was exactly what I needed.”
Through the classes and Bible study, Scott’s changed. He’s actively looking for a job, and is planning to study criminal justice at Ivy Tech Community College. The desire closest to his heart is to reconnect with his 14-year-old son. “The reason I haven’t contacted him…is that I was ashamed. But I want to let him know that I’m ready to be a dad, if he’s ready to accept me.”
Most of all, he’s glad he listened to God’s voice that day in his car. “There are really good people here,” he says. “I’m hoping one day, when I’m back on my feet, I can volunteer, whether in the kitchen or out at Camp Reveal or at the Thrift Store… wherever the needs are.”
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