Jeff grew up hard and much too fast. He never knew his dad and his friends were his real family. When he was just 12 years old, they introduced him to drugs. It is a miracle that he even finished high school. All that mattered to him was getting high. He’d find a job…and then he’d lose it. Before long, he was sleeping in a tent in the forest at night. He still shudders at the memory of the noises…”the rats running…the wild animals and stuff.” In the midst of all of this he became a father.
The birth of his son was the happiest and worst day of his life, as he put it “I was happy that I had a beautiful baby boy but scared that I could no longer control my drug use and drinking. If I couldn’t be a father to my son, who was I?” Jeff was arrested and found himself in court. He said “I was facing a lot of time and didn’t know what I was going to do. I did the one thing I knew how to do…pray.” Jeff applied to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission while he was in jail and was accepted. He entered the path to healing, restoration, and the hope of a new life in Christ. Jeff became equipped with a biblical foundation and practical skills that will keep him from slipping back into his old lifestyle. He found a good church and, a few months later, a job that he’s kept. Jeff is a walking, talking miracle.