Arnold…One of the Good OLD Boys!

Arnold arrived at Helping Up Mission for our 12-month residential Spiritual Recovery Program on the last day of October 2014. He’d had his own personal heroin crisis here in Baltimore City for over 50 years — including 5 ODs!

It was the last one — at age 73 — that brought a moment of clarity to Arnold. He woke up with medical people all around him and told them, “I want to live!”

After recovering, the hospital recommended he come to HUM. That was over 8 months ago and the old guy hasn’t looked back.

He does his daily work therapy assignment here on campus, attends all his classes every day and still finds time to work out in our fitness room regularly!

Never reading or writing very well, he meets weekly with a tutor to become more proficient. Miss Donna has also helped Arnold write his own story and he gives me a copy of each new chapter.

Yesterday, I received the latest edition. Over the weekend Arnold got to see his 4 great grandchildren — ages 2-5 — for the first time.

He told me he didn’t want them to see “the junkie I had become.” But today he wants to see them, hang out with them, play with them and get to know them.

When he arrived at their house, the kids were told who he was and they all yelled out, “Hey grandpa!” Arnold just beamed as he told me the story.

He’d lost his home before coming here. But when he graduates next October, his sis says she’s got a place for him!

This old dog’s still learning some new tricks…and is enjoying every moment of it!

One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Deputy Director