Gregory has always been working against the odds. As a sickly newborn, he "was expected to die." He survived...only to be sexually molested for years by one of his caregivers. Gregory's childhood was full of pain and secrets.
Thankfully, Gregory's luck seemed to change when he met and married his soul mate. He felt loved and encouraged by his wife in a way he never knew before. When his wife passed away just after their fourth anniversary, Gregory was devastated.
Her death caused Gregory to spiral out of control. Previous habits of marijuana and alcohol that were once manageable turned toxic. Overwhelmed with grief, Gregory shares, "I felt defeated. I gave up on love and life. I drowned myself in alcohol and drugs."
In search for shelter, he found the phone number for The Bowery Mission. He called and was told to come in.
Gregory was just looking for a place to stay that night, but God had bigger plans. When he arrived and spoke to the pastor on staff, Gregory shares, "something jumped inside of me." With tears in his eyes, Gregory explained his story, "The pastor told me I'd be OK." And for the first time, Gregory actually believed that it might be true.
At the Mission, Gregory has found a new determination and hope for life. He wants to change and says he's, "ready to live God's way now." He has enrolled in career training classes and is looking forward to working hard so he can live in his own apartment.
"The Bowery Mission gave me a new life...taking away a lot of hurt and teaching me how to be the man that God created me to be."
Your planned gift helps ensure that we can continue to be there when people, like Gregory, need us most. Contact Kim Collins at 646-362-3116 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance. A copy of our most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website (www.charitiesnys.com) or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or us at 90 Lafayette Street, Fl 6, New York, NY 10013. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at www.charitiesnys.com or (212) 416-8401.