Renewal Story: Alex

Posted: March 15, 2021

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Fort Worth last March, Alex was already no stranger to “shelter in place.” He was recovering from brain surgery in December 2019 and had suffered complications. Unable to work or even leave his apartment, he relied on Meals on Wheels for his basic needs.

“Being enclosed by myself for six months really got to me,” Alex admits. I got to where I couldn’t pay my bills anymore.” Thankfully, Alex had stayed in touch with a priest from his church, who brought him to Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County.

“I wouldn’t have survive on the streets,” Alex says. “I’m a country boy. Thirty years ago, maybe I could have, but not now. UGM-TC has been a very good experience. They are helping me get back on my feet.”

Since coming to the Mission last July, Alex has completed many classes. Although he has never been addicted to drugs or alcohol, he says he enjoyed Relapse Prevention the most. He also participates in our Skill Building Program and Alpha. However, he tells us the most beneficial part of being at UGM-TC is the people.

“There are good people taking care of me,” Alex says gratefully. “The case workers are really great. And the camaraderie among the men, that’s what I was missing when I was in my apartment. We all try to help each other.”

With your support, UGM-TC has helped Alex recover from his surgery and from his isolation. He appreciates the rules and routines that are a big part of life here. “They guide you along your path,” he says. “Without them, you’re just going to be stuck where you are. I want to do more with my life,” Alex now has a plan for moving forward, which includes securing income and finding a new place to live.

“UGM-TC is unique,” Alex tells us. “It’s a diamond in an area where you wouldn’t expect to find one. It’s a beacon for people who want to change their lives.” Most of all, as Alex found, it’s a place where nobody has to feel alone – even in the most isolating times. 

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

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