Nick Reich was born in Chicago, Illinois, to George and Helen Reich on February 3, 1949. He passed away on October 26, 2013, after a two-year battle with cancer of the esophagus. Nick grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He graduated from Tennyson High School in 1967 and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War as a medical corpsman, delivering babies and tending the wounded.
In 2002, Nick moved to Santa Barbara to enter the men’s residential recovery program at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. Nick credits this program with saving his life, and through it he renewed his faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Nick celebrated over 11 years of sobriety from his alcohol addiction. After graduating from the program, Nick worked at the Rescue Mission for a number of years as the night security guard. The Rescue Mission was his home and his family for almost ten years.