I'm in a Good Place Right Now!
“I didn’t know if I was ever going to be happy again.” Travis was drifting aimlessly through his life — working in short bursts, living “here and there,” lacking the motivation he knew he needed to get off drugs and restore his health and self-confidence. Travis didn’t see many options, but there was one he had tried several years ago and was willing to revisit: Union Gospel Mission of Salem. “I remembered the program being good. It was a place where I could think. That’s why I thought it might work for me.”
This time around, Travis doubled down on his efforts to focus on what had dragged him into depression and how to find his way back to happiness. “What really helped was my first counselor had us go through our life story in depth for five weeks,” Travis recalls. “I went step by step through my life. It helped me make a framework for where all these negative thoughts came from. Every class, there was another piece to grab onto.” From there, Travis discovered depths of self motivation he never knew he possessed. “
I decided to go on a diet. After 14 months in the program, I’m back under 300 lbs. I quit smoking. I ride my bike every day and I feel really great.” What’s more, Travis has made friends at UGM and strengthened his relationship with Christ. “I believe God is real. I go to a Pentecostal church now and I really enjoy the worship and the music. The pastor has a really vibrant sermon. It’s a small church and it’s really cool.”
Looking ahead, Travis is focused on finding a good, stable job. “I want to work at Walmart or Home Depot,” he says. “I think I would enjoy getting into management. It’s something that I’d want to do for a long time.”
Thanks to you, Travis can see a future ahead of him… and he is happy again. “I’m in a good place right now. I would love to say to people who donate that this program works. The people here do care!”