In 2004, Charles arrived at Helping Up Mission from the streets of Baltimore. He was on crutches and had only one leg. In our old building the dorms were up numerous flights of stairs and there was no elevator. We told Charles that he wouldn’t be able to navigate things well enough to stay and participate in our 12-month residential Spiritual Recovery Program.
Well, Charles dropped one crutch, grabbed the stairway railing and hopped up and then down the stairs. He just wouldn’t take no for an answer! So he stayed, graduated, joined our staff, earned his high school diploma and went on to college.
Since then, Charles has moved off campus. While he stops by regularly, I don’t usually see him. But I did see him this morning and the first thing he told me was that he’s getting married. He has also bought a house, has two jobs and is loving life.
God is Good – all the Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Spiritual Life Director