Philip's Story

One night, Philip lost the craving to get high. It was God telling him he was done with drugs. From then on, Philip's life wasn't the same.

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Growing up in a rough neighborhood

Philip didn't have the best start in life.

He grew up in Compton and quickly fell in with the wrong crowd. He started smoking pot, which escalated to crack cocaine.

"The next thing you know, I became homeless," Philip says.

Then one night, he was sitting in a camper getting high. It was three o'clock in the morning — the dead of night — when he hit rock bottom.

Philip recalls, "I just kept saying to myself, I can't do this. I just can't do it. I think God said, That's it. I really believe God said, That's it, Phil. You're done."

Please watch the rest of Philip's inspiring story of life transformation now. You'll be inspired by God's power to redeem this hurting soul.

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A massive increase in need

The streets of Skid Row are worse than they've ever been. And the people devastated by homelessness living in tents and makeshift shelters are struggling daily with addiction, violence, and abuse.

"When you're on the streets, it's the jungle. It's like living in a jungle," Philip says. "It is insane."

Right now, the number of families with children devastated by homelessness living on Skid Row is exploding. The latest numbers show a massive increase of 111% over this time last year.

That's why we need your help now to prepare for the crowds who will come to Union Rescue Mission for a hot meal, shelter, and a chance for a new life this Christmas.

Philip, who now works as a chef in our kitchen, has seen the power of a meal. "Giving a meal to somebody . . . that could be a gateway to them getting their lives straight," he says.

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DeadlineYour gift today will help rescue more people from the dangerous summer streets and offer hope for a new life. to give: June 30