“It’s one thing to get sober, it’s another thing to live that way.”

Loss of loved ones and divorce have left Dean with a broken self-esteem and lack of confidence. He came to us struggling to cope. Though he found great solace fishing on the Rock River, Dean knew he needed to find help.

“The same goes for Christianity. The GIFTS Men’s Shelter gives me the opportunity to do just that. I entered this program indigent and spiritually bankrupt. I have since reconnected with my higher power (Jesus Christ) and I have a safe, clean and sober environment to work search, personal growth opportunities, and community service.”

Though Dean has had ups and downs, his drive and willingness to improve his situation never cease to amaze us.

I thank God for leading me to GIFTS Men’s Shelter and I thank GIFTS Men’s Shelter for leading me to God.”