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“God said, ‘Give him to me’ and we had to turn him loose.”

Open Door Mission of Houston

Open Door Mission of Houston

Jose began drinking when he was 14, and using drugs following a painful football injury at 17. He graduated from high school and joined the Marines, but his addictions just got worse.

“They sent me to rehab in Florida,” he says. “But I had no desire to quit using.”

Discharged, Jose returned to Houston, never telling his parents about his addictions. He married and had a son, but drugs robbed him of everything: “I lost my wife, my kids, my job.”

“We knew he’d been struggling for ten years with drugs and alcohol,” says his mother, Ella. “He would call, and I’d go and rescue him. But my husband said we had to let him go, because if we kept taking care of him, he’d never trust in the Lord.”

Jose’s parents were no strangers to Open Door Mission. As members of Calvary Chapel, they had attended the annual Christmas party the church sponsors at the Mission.

Jose’s parents brought him to the Mission the day before Thanksgiving.

“I didn’t want to be here,” he says. “But I finally realized this was my one chance to really change my life for the better!”

Clean and sober for the first time in years, Jose graduated from our DoorWay Recovery Program in May. He worked in our Education Center, which enabled him to get a four-year apprenticeship with the Millwrights Union. In addition to training classes, he’s holding down two part-time jobs!

He now gives back by visiting the Mission with his parents to serve men in the program. “I go to see the guys, to encourage them, to let them know that if they make a commitment to finish this program, there is nothing but opportunity.

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