Archive for November, 2014
In this Holidays issue of Milestones, you’ll see suffering in Daphanie’s story and in John’s on the back cover. But I believe you’ll also see for yourself the help and hope they experienced through the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission’s rapid response. Holiday Newsletter 2014
Fernando is the youngest of seven children. He grew up in Carpinteria where he attended school, but he started getting into trouble at an early age. Fernando had his first experience with alcohol at the age of five. As a teenager, he wasn’t drinking all of the time, but he often drank enough to pass out.
In high school, Fernando fell in love with a girl who would ultimately become the mother of his child. He struggled with confusion and an inability to get close to other people. The only place he could find comfort and belonging was in the gang lifestyle. It was also an environment filled with drugs and alcohol.
At the age of 25, Fernando started using meth and within two years he had lost his home, girlfriend and son. He landed in jail several times and hit rock bottom. He said, “With my addiction and all its consequences, I’d become one pretty messed up individual.”
On November 4, 2013, Fernando entered our 12-month Residential Recovery Program. At that time, he did not know the whereabouts of his son. Fernando reflected, “I learned to have faith, to surrender, to trust, and I finally realized that I’m not alone. God put me in a wonderful place.” Today he is spending every weekend with his son and he’s working full time.
Debbie’s father was an alcoholic and she was deeply affected by his addiction. Debbie suffered many traumatic events and became addicted to drugs. She said, “Because of my addictive behavior, I lost the most precious gifts that God has given me, my family.” Debbie started using meth when she was 37 and became homeless on the street. She knew that she needed help but couldn’t find the strength to enter treatment.
Debbie’s daughter put her on a train, and she fled her addictive environment. On February 3, 2014, she arrived at the front door of Bethel House with just the clothes on her back. Debbie said, “This is a Christian-based program and my new beginning in Jesus Christ has been my greatest inspiration.”
Debbie is in her final phase of treatment and has been restored to her family. She has gained the stability to maintain the principles of recovery and plans to remain strong in her faith.
Santa Barbara-based pianist Robert Cassidy will perform a solo recital on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara. The program includes Chopin’s gorgeous Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Debussy’s Preludes Book II, depicting magical, impressionist scenes, and Schubert’s sublime Sonata in B-flat Major. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization providing food, shelter, and recovery programs for the homeless.
Dr. Robert Cassidy has received critical acclaim for his performances and recordings of both solo piano repertoire and chamber music. ClevelandClassical has described Cassidy’s playing as “deft and crystalline.” His piano, violin, and cello ensemble, Almeda Trio (almedatrio.com), is in residence at The Music Settlement, a Cleveland community music school. Almeda Trio performs often in northern Ohio and in national appearances on tour.
For more information, please call (805) 963-3579.