The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

People who meet Terri for the first time are often struck by her calm demeanor and ready acceptance of others, but it wasn’t always that way. Terri grew up in an impoverished section of Pittsburgh with alcoholic parents who divorced before she entered the first grade.   “It was horrible,” she said. “I lived with […]

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Time for Change

Wesley is staying in the Veterans Dorm , a precursor  to the homeless shelter that City Mission is currently building, for 22 homeless veterans. He says the Veterans Dorm is a quiet place where veterans can share their stories with each other and find healing  together. He’s  happy that the City Mission is helping veterans. […]

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Introducing Susan

Susan is a resident at Avis Arbor Women’s Shelter. Each day she and dozens of residents make their way across the City Mission grounds to attend classes in the new and improved Life Recovery program.    Both the men and women’ programs benefit from the classes which offer subject matter covering these crucial areas:  Recovery […]

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Addressing Addiction

Recently a resident of City Mission’s Life Recovery Program faced the reality of addiction in a letter: To my addiction: Today I realize for the first time with total clarity the damage you’ve done and the intention you have for me.  You plan to keep me in bondage to failure, loss, hopelessness and misery, to […]

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More Than I Could Imagine

B.I.B.L.E. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. When Marlo saw those words written on a bulletin board, she knew God was speaking to her, and her life changed for her from that moment on. Thirty years of drug and alcohol abuse had destroyed everything that had meaning in her life – including a relationship with her […]

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Hope Has A Whole New Meaning

Celeste and her family moved to Florida in 1977 when she was ten years old. She was the youngest of four children and quite a bit younger than her siblings. She was very close to her father, but her mother struggled with alcoholism and was distant.  During her high school years her dad became very […]

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My Name is Nathan

My name is Nathan and this is my experience. I’ve struggled with addiction since the age of fifteen. I was an average kid who enjoyed  and excelled at many things.  At this age I badly fractured my leg in an accident. Without knowing what would happen from being prescribed narcotics for pain, I did what […]

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Opening New Doors by Rick Shrum Observer Reporter

Almost two years to the day since its devastating fire, Washington City Mission showed its resilience again. The ceremonial ribbon was cut Tuesday on ANSYS Career Training & Education Center, located in the lower level of the mission in downtown Washington. The center will serve residents of the homeless shelter and essentially all Washington County […]

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Finding Hope Again

It was economics that brought Mike to the City Mission in March 2016.  He spent twelve years in the Marine Corps and served in three overseas conflicts before being honorably discharged in 1998.  After his discharge he went home and helped care for his aging grandmother while he attended school.

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A Home For Mack

Eighty nine year old Mack is a typical example of his generation. He’s responsible, humble yet proud with a strong work ethic; committed to family, community and country.  And like so many of his peers, fiercely independent. Mack has lived alone for well over twenty years since his wife passed away. He spent most of […]

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