Kristian’s parents divorced when he was five, and he and his brother went to live with his father on a Hare Krishna farm. He reflects “I never really fit in anywhere we moved to because my dad made us look and dress like Hare Krishnas, and my experiences left me full of fear, anger, resentment and confusion. I didn’t even start first grade until I was nine, so all of these things combined caused other kids to excessively pick on and make fun of us which resulted in my constantly getting into fights, getting kicked out of school, and getting in trouble with the law.”
Kristian’s drug use left him out of money and homeless in Isla Vista. He was arrested and in jail once again. This time he requested an opportunity to recover at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. He remembers “I really wanted to change my life but was out of ideas and had nowhere else to go.” He was given an opportunity to invest in the Mission’s 12-month residential treatment program instead of serving a one year sentence in the county jail. “There is a night and day difference that has happened to me, and I now have a peace I have never known before and hope for my future” Kristian said.