Safe Harbor takes in “the least of these” — and gets ‘em off the streets
March 07, 2014
Nearly 18 years ago, Pastor Mark Gay, homeless, parent-less, was stuck in a nasty crack-cocaine cycle in Memphis.
Sleep at the mission, work, get paid cash, buy crack, get high, go back to the mission.
“It was vicious,” Mark told me.
He kept seeing billboards for a place called Lighthouse in Memphis, a place for homeless addicts. Mark walked in to check it out – and he hasn’t left since.
What made the crack addict stay at first?
The founder, Pastor Gregory Newcomb.
“Here was a man who was a former drug addict, had a nice vehicle, a nice wife, a nice family,” Pastor Mark said. “I would ask God, ‘Why not me?’”
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I was not a drug addict. I was successful, responsible and educated, but I just happened to use drugs or alcohol every day. I told myself I would quit when I had a good reason. Then, I had a million good reasons.
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That’s when I went to rehab and found some 12-step fellowships and the YMCA’s Restore Ministries. I found folks just like me, and I’ve leaned on them to turn it around. And now, I help other addicts and alcoholics find recovery. I feel like I’m finally doing something that matters.
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For most alcoholics/addicts, it's fun and exciting until the consequences start piling up. Then you have a moment of clarity through the fog and realize you can't go on living this way and ask for help.
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Growing up in a relatively normal home in suburban NJ, I figured that because I had the "ideal" childhood without any major trauma I was immune to the disease of addiction.
Despite the normalcy of my upbringing, I began experimenting with drugs and alcohol and I became obsessed with euphoric feelings they produced.
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