I AM a Survivor

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After a lifetime of working construction and owning my own business, I found myself “houseless” and looking for work at age 59. With degenerative bone disease in my hips and back, I was in excruciating pain and could hardly walk. No one wanted to hire me.

I don’t get depressed. I’ve always known there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

As a former Marine and a Vietnam veteran, I’ve survived some tough things, including losing my wife and kids to a drunk driver 29 years ago. I know I’m not a quitter. Nothing gets in my way, nothing stops me. But I had to admit that my body was worn out, and it was time to set a new course. The people at Action Ministries advocated for me, helping me secure benefits, get into an apartment and take some classes. They are so respectful to everyone who walks through their doors. They have an attitude of service, and they ask for nothing in return. I don’t like to ask for help. I never had to before. But I don’t know what I would have done if Action Ministries hadn’t been there for me.

James, Action Ministries Athens client, veteran and psychology student.

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