The City Mission's Crossroads ministry program saluted the lives of eight men who have new found victory over poverty and substance abuse. The eight men successfully completed the recovery program at a special dinner and graduation ceremony, Friday January 19th. The program was hosted by the Mission Executive Director Tim Campbell, with a special message of encouragement from guest speaker Pastor Lewis Nunley from Freedom Temple Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio. The graduates, Vance Camp, John Dillard, Charles Weathers, Lacey Geter, Reginald Puyear, Reginald Waller, Virdal Moore and William McCollie share a testimony of being homeless substance abusers whose life choices left them hopeless and desperate.

      As I watched the men, their friends and family gather to support their accomplishment I could feel that it was the love of Jesus Christ along with the committed hard work and caring support of the City Mission staff that brought these men through.

      Denny Nugent, Director of Development said "the requirements for graduation from The Crossroads program is:

      Maintaining communication and reporting back to counselors for at least a year after leaving the program at the City Mission facility.

      Agreement to random urinalyses during this yearlong period.

      At the conclusion of this period, upon recommendation of his church pastor and Crossroads counselor, the graduation certificate is approved and issued.

      What is even more special is that these men are not only celebrating recovery, but total prosperity! They have new homes, new jobs and a new start with their families.

      The City Mission has served Cleveland through Christian discipleship since 1910, reaching hearts and changing lives. Anyone seeking additional information about the Crossroads Program; contact Pete Bliss, Director of the Crossroads Program at 216-431-3515.