“I enjoyed coming here with my dad when I was a kid.”

As a boy, Travis came here to listen to his father’s band play music at the Mission.  But Travis isn’t a kid anymore.  His hunger, his hurt, and his homelessness are an adult nightmare…  For Travis it started early.  When he was just 12, he followed a few friends into drinking and substance abuse, and almost didn’t find his way out again.  “I reached a pretty dark place.”  And for 13 long years, that dark place was all he knew.

Travis says, “I’m a blackout drinker… at any time the consequences could be I would die.  Finally, I knew that if I didn’t do something drastic, I was going to end up just that way.”  That’s when he came back to the Mission for a meal––and stayed to transform his life. Travis says, “It’s overwhelming to go from homeless and detoxing to taking the action needed to pull yourself up by the bootstraps.  That’s why I’m so grateful for being able to fix my life at this place, with the perfect balance between structure and freedom.  There’s so much good Christian teaching to provide a context … and the resources to make the changes I need.  That is huge.”

Travis is reunited with his family and on track to receive full custody of his five-year-old son in just two months.  He is currently employed and clear of all legal charges.

Please listen to Travis’ graduation speech: