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The State of Drug Addiction and Recovery in Lancaster 

As a father, I can tell you, “I longed to be restored to my son,” John says.  After his son got caught up in the opioid epidemic and nearly lost his life, John Roberts started R3 Recovery House in Lancaster to offer sober living spaces where individuals can recover from addiction and be restored while discovering their God-given abilities.

 Tune in as we hear from John Roberts and Jack Crowley discuss the state of drug addiction and recovery in Lancaster, PA. 

Can Homelessness Be Positive?

If you were to ask someone what it was like to experience homelessness, you probably wouldn’t expect a positive response. But when we sat down with some of our guests in the residential program at Water Street, that’s exactly what we heard. 

Listen to our latest episode as we hear from guests at Water Street, President Jack Crowley and Director of Guest Education, Teresa Martin.

 

Stepping into a Shelter

Stepping through the doors of Water Street’s shelter for the first time, what does that feel like? In this episode of the Restorers Podcast, we’ll hear about the experiences and challenges of coming to a shelter and what building trust looks like. 

Tune in as we hear from guests of Water Street Mission, Director of Life Coach Ministry Lillie Otte, and President Jack Crowley. 

 

How to Help Someone on The Streets 

As the largest service provider to men and women experiencing homelessness in Lancaster, we often hear the question, “what do I do when I meet someone experiencing homelessness?” Do I give money, food, or other supplies?  And how does one know what to say in these situations? In this episode, we hear thoughts and reflections from guests of Water Street, Life Coach Supervisor John Rushemeza, and Water Street Mission President Jack Crowley.

 

Homeless on the Streets of Lancaster – Guest Testimonies

What is it like to live on the streets, particularly in a small city like Lancaster, PA? In this episode, we’ll hear firsthand accounts from guests of Water Street Mission, who know what it’s like to live in this “whole other world.” We examine their challenges and take a look at what advantages, if any, exist for them.  And then we ask, what does it all mean for us, their neighbors? 

It’s The People Like That- Rick’s Story

Without people you trust, life can lead you down some challenging roads. Today’s episode centers on the story of a former Water Street guest who found himself exactly where he didn’t want to be, in large part because of the people around him. But it also looks at how the right kind of relationships made all the difference – adding up to one incredible testimony. 

Working Myself to Death – George’s Story

Work is often touted as the solution to homelessness, but is that really the case? In this episode we’re going to hear the story of a guest who fell into a negative cyclical pattern, linked strongly to his work life. We’ll examine what role that played in leading him into homelessness, and then hear how a transformed view of self can lead to a more healed individual overall. 

It’s a Spider’s Web – Sharon’s Story 

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt stuck? Where you didn’t know how to get out? In our latest episode, we explore one woman’s story of feeling trapped and ending up without a home. But we also share how she made it out of that spider’s web.  Check it out below, or tune in wherever you find your podcasts.

Season 1 Highlights

Speaking with local experts (and heroes) on some of the most profound issues facing our neighbors experiencing homelessness and poverty. Understanding is the gateway to making a difference so check out three of our most popular episodes below or get started listening to our full first season which is out wherever you find your podcasts. 

Life Skills and Finance

The Complications of Career 

The Process of Stabilization

A Huge Thank You To Our 2023 Season Presenting Sponsors!

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