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Christmas used to be Tiffany’s favorite time of year. But the years have slowly chipped away at her love for the holiday. It began when she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by someone in her life when she was a child. It continued when she left home...

Jeff is convinced if he hadn’t come to Hope Ministries earlier this year, he wouldn’t be alive today. Drug and alcohol abuse had taken their toll, an addiction that began when he tried marijuana for the first time at only eight years old. At age...

Several years ago, Mark and DeDe Shour went on a missions trip that started with a time of training in California and continued with two months spent in Samoa. They were forever changed by the hurting people they met, the great need they encountered, and...

Vikki is no stranger to fear. She’s experienced seasons of homelessness that saw her sleeping in other people’s homes, on the streets, in her car, even dope houses. Pain and abuse in her childhood led to experimenting with drugs in her young adult years. She’s...

"God's going to use my story!" When Anthony, 55, looks back on his life so far, he sees a story filled with twists and turns. He’s had happy moments—like when he first found faith at age 18 or when he met his future wife as a...

Another New Beginning Five years ago this month, Tiffany was in a hospital bed after having attempted to end her life. Decades of addiction and hurt had stolen her desire to live. Some of her memories around that traumatic time are blurry, but there’s one instance she...

In 2012, Ron was in a car accident that should’ve ended his life. In the chaos and trauma, he recalls feeling something strange. “It’s like it was God’s presence right there with me,” he remembers. “It was the first time in my life I’d ever...

When Petra thinks back to past Christmases with her children, she remembers hardship. “I have kids’ birthdays in October, November and December, so I’d save up for their birthday gifts. But that meant there was hardly anything left for Christmas gifts, and we could never...

Donnie knows what hunger—deep, gnawing hunger—feels like. “There are times in the past when I’ve gone two or three or four days without eating. It affects your mind along with your body.” He knows what homelessness is like, too. “Living in a tent camp is hard...

Angel is no stranger to the pain of homelessness. “It’s hard not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal . . . when you’re going to get your next shower,” she says. “You sleep with your shoes on because you don’t know when...