Success Stories

Where truth is stronger than fiction.

Thousands of men and women have found new hope and strength through the help they received at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. When you see how far some of these men, women and children have come, their lives can be an inspiration to us all. Here are just some of their stories.

Alesha's Story

Alesha's life began falling apart after she was assaulted and traumatized by someone she thought she could trust. She lost her housing, her job, her sense of peace—and was terrified that something bad would happen again. Then, she and her son came to Joy House.

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Otis's Story

"I hit rock bottom so many times I lost count. I failed so many times, I thought that's all I'd ever be. But God had other plans." Read on to find out how Otis went from alcohol, drugs and destruction to a life of redemption, health and gratitude after coming to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission!

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Rodney's Story

"At 13, I started running the streets with my friends, and for years I drifted lost through a world of alcohol, drugs and self-loathing." Find out how Rodney turned his life around after coming to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission and learning he is worthy of God's love and forgiveness.

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Shamika's Story

Following a traumatic childhood that landed her in foster care, Shamika felt haunted by her past and abandoned by her family. When she became pregnant and realized she had no support, she felt confused, lost and alone, not knowing where to turn — until she found Joy House.

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Eric's Story

"I knew drugs were destroying my life... I even overdosed three times and almost died. I still couldn't stop." Find out how God opened Eric's heart and renewed his health, relationships and faith through the Milwaukee Rescue Mission's New Journey program.

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Dakara's Story

“I didn’t know what to do... But I had three kids to think of, and I knew I needed to get my life together." Dakara felt her life growing more and more out of control—until she came to Joy House.

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Mike's Story

After a devastating knee injury crushed his dreams of a college scholarship, Mike embarked on a path of drugs, mistakes, and shame. Decades later, Mike has found hope and healing after coming to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

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Alicia's Story

"I don't know where I'd be without this place." Read about how Alicia overcame homelessness and a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse after discovering our Door of Hope program in Joy House for single women.

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Jenise's Story

"She had been diagnosed with uterine cancer, and she didn't know if she would survive. And what would happen to her 10-year-old daughter?" Read on to find out how Joy House helped Jenise and her daughter overcome struggle and transform their lives.

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Roscoe's Story

"In three years, I lost a marriage, job, home, everything. Everything but drugs and alcohol." Roscoe's life was full of anger and hopelessness—until his brother brought him to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

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Nathosha's Story

"They gave me the chance to get my life in order." Read about how Nathosha's life became safe and stable after coming to Joy House.

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Timothy's Story

Despite growing up in a loving household, Timothy’s childhood rebellion proved to be a slippery slope leading to alcohol, drugs and trouble. Then God got his attention when he overdosed and almost died three times in one year…

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Dustin's Story

Dustin was bright, popular, athletic and knew what he wanted: At 6'7", he had visions of a basketball scholarship. But when he was seriously injured in his junior year, he fell in with the wrong crowd.

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Marcus's Story

Marcus had a good job. But when he was laid off, things got harder and harder—until he came to MRM. Decades later, he continues to live a new life of purpose.

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LaToria's Story

When LaToria lost her home, her life spiraled until she didn't know where to go. Then she came to Joy House.

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Michael's Story

Michael turned to drugs when he felt alone. But when everything fell apart, he came to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission...

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Tenesha's Story

Tenesha's children were struggling in school—until they came to Cross Trainers Academy!

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Marshall's Story

Last April, Marshall was cold, hungry, broke and alone on the streets of Milwaukee. He had just blown his last paycheck on crack cocaine. He hadn’t eaten in two days. Then he came to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission...

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Christopher's Story

Growing up with addicted parents, Christopher quickly learned to make life all about him in a repetitive cycle of drugs and alcohol. He drank so much his liver failed. When he was healed despite only a 33% chance of living, he knew he had to make a change...

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Rebecca's Story

Rebecca maintained a loving relationship with both her parents after their divorce, worked two jobs and signed a lease for a beautiful apartment. But when she received word of her father's suicide, grief threatened to overwhelm her...

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Charles's Story

The streets and gangs taught Charles one version of manhood: money, sex, drugs and fighting. Thanks to you, he learned a new kind of manhood at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission...

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Latiesha's Story

Latiesha once dreamed of being a pediatric nurse. But things changed—kids, motherhood and heavy responsibilities. Then homelessness threatened to rob her of her dreams forever...

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James's Story

James finally hit rock bottom. Lying in bed at his brother's house, coming off his latest crack high, grief overwhelmed him. Crack cocaine had cost him everything.

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Lakesha's Story

Lakesha’s troubled childhood led her into a destructive cycle of abusive relationships and homelessness as an adult. When she finally realized that something had to change, she came to Joy House...

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Paul's Story

Paul was a “serious” gang member, an enforcer who went to prison three times for assault and battery. If he was going to change, he’d have to leave his childhood behind...

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Jalissa's Story

Winter is no time to be homeless—especially for a mother and her children. But in December 2015, after years of struggling, Jalissa had nowhere to go. She thought she was out of options...

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Jasmine's Story

As a child, Jasmine was passed from house to house and never felt loved, supported or valued. Eventually...

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Jack's Story

Jack didn't know what he wanted to do with his life...until he came to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

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Bianca's Story

In 2011, Bianca hit rock bottom. As a single mother she struggled...

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Jerry's Story

Alcohol, violence and blood shaped Jerry's earliest memories...

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Doris' Story

Doris needed to face the deep emotional scars she had buried inside for so long...

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Ken's Story

Ken suddenly felt his comfortable life slipping away...

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Travis's Story

...I had to let go and ask someone for help...

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Bonita's Story

For the first time in her life, Bonita had hope!

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Tim's Story

"I've been lonely all my life..."

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Ashley's Story

"I lost everything...I was so traumatized."

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Reiauna's Story

Reiauna and her mom found themselves homeless and came to Joy House. Find out how this teenager is giving back!

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Erica's Story

Erica's life was unstable...

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FrenchAnita's Story

FrenchAnita found a new family and a heavenly father!

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Tina's Story

"I felt like God had forgotten about me..."

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Jeffrey's Story

Jeffrey never drank or did drugs..."I was working my way up the corporate ladder..."

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Keith's Story

God brought Keith back!

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Jacqueline's Story

Jacqueline grew up with the best of everything, but then her life spiraled out of control.

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Carl's Story

"If God loved me that much, I could love myself."

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Diedre's Story

Diedre grew up in a broken home, bouncing from her mom's house to her dad's and back again.

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Billy's Story

Billy had the whole world at his fingertips. Or so he thought...

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Phillip's Story

“When they see me struggle, they teach me. They’re helping their daddy learn to read and write!"

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Cassandra's Story

“The people at Joy House and CTA are more than teachers or even friends. They’re like family.”

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Don's Story

"I started to deal with the things my father had taught me, and I learned who my true Father is.”

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Wilson's Story

“All my life, all I wanted was to be normal”

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Sheila's Story

"My life changed here at Joy House and I’m forever grateful"

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Robert's Story

"Thanks for showing me what love really looks like."

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Melanie's Story

"I desperately needed emotional help, but there was no one to give it to me. God, however, was beginning to work in my life."

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Theresa's Story

"I’m stronger than that now. Stronger and a better woman.”

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Michael's Story

"I still don’t know why God saved me, but He did. And He’s teaching me to care about people — including myself."

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Semajia's Story

Some gifts come and go — but sometimes a gift can change a life.

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Jody's Story

Twenty years ago, Jody received the “education” of a lifetime when he came to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission and learned all about his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Larry's Story

Read about Larry's literate new life.

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Neal's Story

"I've learned that, thanks to Jesus Christ, I don't have to prove anything. He's good enough and that's all that matters."

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Anthony's Story

"Most of my time was spent alone. Being without family made it difficult to find someone to talk to, but I no longer feel alone. I feel as if I'm part of a huge family."

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Krystal's Story

"At first I just felt like things weren't going to be right for me...having faith is the main thing. God doesn't make mistakes."

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Tim's Story

"I remember thinking that I always wanted a deep relationship with the Lord, but I was always at arm's reach. I was never able to grasp it, but here I was able to do that."

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Robyn's Story

"I was exhausted from the world and that brought me here.”

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Jennifer's Story

“I have my hope back. I lost that. I feel hope and I know that I am safe.”

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Brian's Story

“I didn’t want to feel empty anymore, I wanted to have something. I wanted to have some health. I wanted to not drink anymore. I didn’t want to go through hell anymore.”

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Lanette's Story

Lanette is experiencing the freedom that comes from knowing she doesn’t have to fix everything all by herself. God is at work in her life. He is giving her rest, and that makes her feel truly secure.

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David's Story

"My family needed me. So I just kept thinking, 'You have to find a way.'"

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Danielle's Story

"I knew we would need counseling and a lot of Christian comfort and support. That’s why I decided to come to Joy House.”

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Nathan's Story

"For now I’m content experiencing God in ways I never thought possible. He’s so alive and working in me."

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Janetta's Story

"The devil has thrown a lot of weapons at me in my life, but I know now he won’t prevail. God won’t let me down."

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CTA Dad's Story

"There’s more to education than facts. There’s also faith."

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Marion's Story

"I thank Jesus Christ for giving me this chance to give back — and to show how the Milwaukee Rescue Mission can change lives like mine. I will spend the rest of my life serving the lost and people who think nobody loves them, just like I was helped.”

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Cora's Story

“I thank God every day that my kids get this chance to go to a school like CrossTrainers.”

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Kenneth's Story

"If not for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, I would be dead."

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Tami's Story

“I was tired of never having my own home, of depending on others who didn’t care.”

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Brent's Story

“Now I realize that faith is more than just saying ‘I believe’ or praying at the altar call…it’s more than a list of things to do or not do. Faith is one continual redemptive story.”

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Michelle's Story

“I’m getting stronger. I’m growing spiritually; I’m getting stronger in the Lord. God is still working with me in my life and in my marriage.”

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Carl's Story

“Without the Milwaukee Rescue Mission and the help they gave me, I would probably be dead or in jail. I would have gone back to that lifestyle, but that’s the old person. I’m a new creation now.”

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