My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Kansas City Rescue Mission, Kansas City, MO, USA
I was not a direct client per se but nonetheless benefited from KCRM more than they could ever know. A very long story short, I had known this man, "Ron" for about 3 years. He worked where I volunteered. I had no idea that he had personal feelings for me (I was seeing someone at the time). He left town for about a year but then came back. Shortly before Ron came back, my relationship with "Mitch" had ended. I have never gone from one relationship to the next but I thought I was going to marry Mitch and finally get to be a mom (he had custody of his son and we got along great). When Ron came back he said all the things that I longed to hear from Mitch. I fell hard and fast for him. It was my choice to get involved with him and I realized it was too soon. I told Ron and things went downhill from there. I knew that he had previous problems with alcohol but I had no idea how bad they were. He had started to drink again prior to our relationship falling apart. He began to drink more and I did not know how to respond to him. I should have made more of an effort to understand alcoholism but at the time, I saw it as his problem (I don't drink or do drugs). Ron became someone I no longer recognized. I will sum it all up by saying he was violent and very scary. He was charged with more than one crime against me and left town before the trial. He eventually wound up back at KCRM and that is where the story takes a turn...for the better and I want everyone reading this to know that. With some stops and starts and setbacks, Ron, a man I no longer recognized became whole again. Through the love, patience, and guidance shown to him through KCRM, he became the Ron that I once knew. They took a truly broken man and healed him. When I think about what they did for him and what they do for so many others, it is an awesome feeling! I do not have contact with Ron anymore but I know what he has accomplished through other sources and he deserves so much credit. Because of the things that he did to me (many of which he truly does not remember because he was having blackouts), I am still to some extent fearful of him. That's my problem, not his. When Ron is not drinking he is a good man and KCRM helped him to find himself again. My biggest regrets are not having made more of an effort to understand his lifelong addictions and having gotten into a relationship with him far too soon. Again, that is on me. What I really want people to know is that when KCRM helps a male client, they don't just help him, they help every person that person knows or touches. By helping Ron to heal, they helped me to heal. I don't live in fear anymore and I can think back on my own actions and what I should have done differently. The ordeal made me turn back to Jesus and I now belong to a great Church and am very active in it and other places that I volunteer. I so believe in KCRM and the miracles that they perfect each and every day, there is nothing that I would not do for them. And they never even met me face to face...