Restoring What Was Stolen

As a young boy, Howard walked with his grandmother past the trains delivering tobacco to the Lancaster Leaf and Tobacco Warehouse on Water Street and into town to the Watt and Shand. They’d enjoy a coke together or just window shop.

Today Howard still walks along Water Street, but the warehouse-turned-mission has become his home. In his 20’s, addiction crept in and quickly took over. Sweet family times became just a memory. “My life was a road to disaster,” Howard said. “I used so many people, even my parents. I destroyed relationships. I was in and out of jail. My family didn’t want to have anything to do with me.”

God is restoring what addiction had stolen: Howard has two years clean and sober, his mental and physical health are more stable and he’s reconciling with his family.  “The Mission has done a lot for me,” Howard said. “It saved my life.”

That’s why today is such a cause for celebration. God is restoring what addiction had stolen: Howard has two years clean and sober, his mental and physical health are more stable and he’s reconciling with his family.  “The Mission has done a lot for me,” Howard said. “It saved my life.”