May 5, 2013
The Name says it all. Dallas Life is on a mission to change lives. I came there from Ohio after nearly 15 years of being homeless. I suffered from drug and alcohol addiction that took away my middle class life and left me on the streets with out friends or family due to my behavior. Dallas Life took me in and allowed me to stay several days while I learned what they had to offer and make up my mind if I was ready to do what was necessary to put my life back in order. I thank God I made the right choice and stayed. I enrolled in their 10 month New Life program and with Gods Grace and Mercy along with the dedicated staff and guidance and structure built into their program, my life started changing and improving from the start. It wasn't always easy but a lot of things worth having aren't. I realized early on that my way of doing things had not served me well and I needed to let someone else take over. That someone was God, through him, in the form of Dallas Life and it's staff. The lessons I learned in class and the example that the staff set keep me going strong to this day almost 5 years later. Dallas Life is not only for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, it's also there to help anyone with life problems in general ranging from making bad decisions, to economical reasons that got them in the situation they are currently in. The combination of class room studies, counseling and bible studies is geared to give anyone the attributes necessary to succeed in life. Dallas Life offers GED classes to assist in getting an high school diploma along with a wide range of life skills, parenting, budgeting, anger management, addiction and Christian studies classes. They also help with job leads and housing assistance for their program graduates. Mentors are available to help guide, direct and set a positive example on a one to one basis for the men and women. This was of particular help to me due to the fact that after so many years of homelessness, a person's mind can become so engrained in an particular behavior pattern you need someone you trust to help teach you how to live again. It hurt's my heart to hear people twist and say negative things about good organizations only because they weren't ready or willing to get the help that was offered to them or because they have been given bad information by others. What ever the reason, all I know is that in my almost 5 year association with Dallas Life, I have seen the life's of hundreds of men, women and children transformed and helped back into society with a positive Christian faith, confidence, and all the tools they need to succeed.
Dallas Life as well as other non profit organizations rely in part on volunteers to help keep them running smoothly. I've seen first hand the impact volunteers can have on the lives of others especially the children, and in turn the impact the family's and children have on the lives of the volunteers. Consider volunteering, have a wonderful day.
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