Back Hope for the World Missions Offering supports ministry to former addicts
November 8th, 2013
In story after story, you hear about those who were rescued by Jesus from addiction with the help of Welcome Home Ministries.
It's a transitional housing recovery support program that offers safe, sober, and compassionate community for men who seek freedom and recovery from drugs, alcohol, and other addictions. Currently, they operate out of six properties with space for nearly 40 men who want to rebuild their lives.
Daryl Murray, the founder of Welcome Home, was named Bank of America's CEO of the Year around this time last year—and for good reason. His experience includes street ministry in New York City, Director of East Nashville Cooperative Ministry, and Case Manager for Right Turns. He has more than 26 years of time invested in serving the poor, hurting, and broken.
"A lot of people don't come to us until 20 or 30 years later. It's been the same kind of behavior—in and out of jail, on the streets—just wrecked lives. There's a lot of tragedy and wreckage that has to be put back together—and that's part of what we're here to do. We help them understand that God loves them and they haven't fallen too far," he said.
Some alarming stats about addiction in Tennessee:
• 6% are dependent on alcohol (SAMHSA)
• 2.8% are dependent on drugs (SAMHSA)
• 11,000 in Davidson County need treatment for mental health (TDMH)
• 5,000-7,500 in Davidson County need treatment for substance abuse (TDMH)
• Tennessee is #1 in the nation as the capitol of methamphetamine addiction (TDMH)
This is why Welcome Home's long-term recovery programs are so important. Daryl said, "One of the beautiful things we get to do at the end of the day…is to sit down with some of our residents and let them tell their stories. To hear how God is impacting their lives and the change that's going on."
Welcome Home is one of our Hope for the World Missions Offering ministry partners. Your gifts to this annual offering support what they do day in and day out. Not only that, but your gift of time and service helps them to continue doing what they do best.
"There are several ways people can support us and volunteer," Daryl said. "One thing we're looking for, in particular, since we're expanding, is more volunteers to prepare and serve the meals. We also have six properties now that always need upkeep. And all the houses have computers. We don't know a lot about them, but people with those kinds of skills can come in and help us do those things. We're grateful for people who believe in what we do."
Find out more about Welcome Home Ministries. Then give to the Hope for the World Missions Offering to support them.