Sam’s Story

When you sit down with Sam, it’s clear that he has a humble, peaceful spirit.

Sam grew up in Cleveland in a big, close-knit family. He graduated from college and found a job, and before long, he and his wife had two young children. Life was good… and then it all fell apart.

Sam’s wife left with their children, and the child support payments nearly ruined him. He lost the job he had held for nearly 20 years. Without it, Sam could no longer afford his car or his house.

“It hurt,” Sam shares. “I’m used to working hard, used to taking care of my family, and it hurt to be left with nothing.”  

Sam lived just blocks from the Mission, and had been coming for months to volunteer his help with worship services, so he reached out to see if there was room for him to stay. There was.

He entered the program at Crossroads and began taking classes. Here, Sam found the tools he needed to start over.

They’ve helped me with food, clothing… all the basics,” he smiles. “It’s just beautiful. The classes help you spiritually and mentally, and teach you how to follow the Word. Anywhere the Word is, I love!”

Today, Sam is learning how to use a computer and preparing for the next chapter of his life. He’s also working to secure housing with the hope that his teenage son will be able to live with him again soon.

We expect to serve more than 400 people like Sam throughout the next couple of months. We’ll make sure their basic needs are met and provide the training they need to live self-sufficient lives once they leave.

Will you help us offer that new hope this spring? Your gift will give men, women, and children the support they need to live a more abundant life.

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“The City Mission is a very special place,” Sam says. “It blesses men, women, and children, and it’s beautiful. God works in mysterious ways, and I just want to say that it’s been a blessing!”