A life consumed by addiction was the only life Porfirio had ever known. His dad was a drug dealer. His much-beloved sister had overdosed and died. “I was in gangs and doing crazy stuff. Drugs ruined everything and I lost everything.” When they couldn’t take it anymore, even Porfirio’s wife and 6-year-old son gave up on him and left. That should have gotten his attention, but it only made things worse. “I was addicted and couldn’t stop,” he remembers.
People like Porfirio usually die if they don’t get help. And he could easily have become another tragic statistic. But God intervened and he was arrested. Some might celebrate this but it only creates a revolving door. Instead of prison, he was given a chance to come to the Mission and that was the turning point. Porfirio found the courage to face his addiction, and the life skills that are helping him overcome it. He no longer wanted to end his life –– he surrendered it to Christ, and he’s a whole new man. He secured employment while in the program and graduated in March. Today he is a loving father to his five children.