He Came in Angry, He Left as Family

Marv had been in and out of the Mission for six years. When I first met him, he was very angry and I noticed some possible mental health concerns. While staying at the Mission, he participated in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as well as behavioral health services, through which he took nine different courses and acheived certificates of completion for each one.

He recently moved into a low-income apartment with help from Lydia Place and Bellingham Housing Authority! Since moving out, Marv has been coming in at least once a week to pick up litter at the Mission and talk with staff. As a believer, he’s very open with his faith and serves God by giving back to the Mission and talking with people in camps.

On his last visit, Marv told me, with tears streaming down his face, that he was able to see his child for the first time ever. And now he gets to visit with his child once a week. He came in angry, and he left as family.

– Paul, Staff Member


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