“Since I’ve been here, I’ve been closer to God.”

Leslie knows what it feels like to have nowhere to go. “I was a mess,” she admits. After her daughter passed away, Leslie had turned to drugs. “I went downhill and I got in a lot of trouble.” When she was turned out of the house she shared with her son-in-law, her probation officer called Montana Rescue Mission. “I came down here and they took me in,” she says gratefully. “Everyone has helped me out a lot. I’ve been clean and sober for 15 months.” Your support gave Leslie the practical, emotional, and spiritual support she needed in our New Life program. “I’m happier and more outgoing,” she says. “And since I’ve been here, I’ve been closer to God.”

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Christ’s birth than to help bring someone into a loving relationship with Him!”

Today Leslie works part-time at the Mission, serving lunch and assisting at the front desk. It’s excellent training for the day she graduates from the program, starts a job in the community, and launches herself into a stable, self-sufficient life again.

Even once she’s on her own, Leslie will never forget the joy she experienced on Christmas Day right after she joined the program. “We got to give the kids and the ladies their presents in the morning,” she remembers. “You could just see their faces light up! It was beautiful. It makes you feel good.”

“Your support has been wonderful for everybody here,” Leslie tells you. “Without you, there wouldn’t be a Mission.”

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