You rekindled one woman’s faith and gave her the gift of a lifetime.

Faith was aptly named.

From the moment she was born prematurely with only about a 5 percent chance of survival, her life has been one step of faith after another. Despite the odds, Faith’s mother believed she would survive and gave her the powerful name. She spent three months in the hospital but lived!

For much of her adult life, Faith worked as a nanny. Then her mother died, followed by her father. Faith felt so alone but kept moving forward. After that, Faith got so sick that she couldn’t walk. She was hospitalized for a month, but survived. Placing her trust in God, she began rehabilitation that lasted six months. During this time, Faith was unable to work and pay her rent. She lost her apartment and was locked out of all her belongings.

In the middle of the pandemic, Faith found herself homeless. She had no money, no job, no clothes, and still struggled to walk. The 51-year-old was almost out of faith. Then friends like you gave her the gift of a lifetime – renewed faith. The frightened woman came to the Mission with nothing and found kindness and help provided by friends like you. “I was given clothes and three meals a day with homemade food,” she recalls. “I feel like I belong, like I’m home here. This place saved my life.”

Today, Faith is taking the next step in her journey. She is walking now! She is also working toward living independently in her own home. She paints and writes and enjoys reading at the Mission’s library. Your support of our programs gave Faith a new beginning full of hope. She is even looking forward to Christmas this year and knows she won’t be alone. Faith says the holidays at the Mission are a blessing. “The staff and volunteers really make you feel special,” she says. Your continued support of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries this holiday season will give others like Faith the gift of a lifetime! It starts with a hot meal and safe shelter.

Read more inspirational stories from the Holiday 2021 Newsletter.

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