Rescue Mission’s Changed Life Program graduates five

Seated are the five men who recently graduated from the Frederick Rescue Mission’s Changed Life Program, surrounded by the mission’s staff and executive director, Arnold Farlow, fourth from left.

On April 15, over 130 of the Frederick Rescue Mission’s staff, volunteers, financial partners and family members attended the spring graduation to help celebrate the life-changing accomplishments of five men who spent one year in the mission’s Changed Life Recovery Program.

Each of these men came from various backgrounds — some with high school diplomas, some with college degrees and others with neither. Each man had one thing in common: a life-destroying addiction to drugs or alcohol but a commitment to change. The Frederick Rescue Mission’s comprehensive residential Changed Life Recovery Program takes an individual approach to recovery — each man works toward a spiritual and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, develops an accountability partner with a local church member, works toward obtaining a high school diploma or higher education, a sustainable place of employment and a safe place to call home for his family.

The Frederick Rescue Mission Inc. is a nonprofit organization that operates Frederick’s Bread of Life Kitchen & Pantry, the county’s largest provider of prepared meals, serving 146,210 meals in 2014 and an innovator in providing nonperishable and perishable foods to Frederick County food banks and other service providers.

As in most recovery programs, service and spirituality are major components to success; the Frederick Rescue Mission has worked hard to incorporate these components while relying mostly on the 500 to 700 volunteers who come to serve the community each month.

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