Readjusting To Civilian Life

Ivan's Story

After serving 24 years in the Army, including three combat tours, Ivan – like many veterans – had trouble adjusting to civilian life. “I was not doing well. I was down and out,” he recalls. Then he literally stumbled upon Raleigh Rescue Mission (Raleigh, NC) and began the first of seven “wonderful, beautiful months.”

As soon as Ivan came to Raleigh Rescue Mission, he signed up for their "New Life Plan", the mission's long-term residential recovery program which incorporates the Jobs for Life model and curriculum. It offered Ivan the practical skills and resources he needed to get back on track.

“It allowed me to stop, get my head out of the clouds and refocus,” he shares. “The faith-based classes gave me a lot of perspective. Jobs for Life taught me what to wear, what to say, how to follow up. That sealed the deal. I got a job and I got a savings account, all in seven months. It doesn’t get any better than that."

Actually, Ivan found that it does get better! Today he also has a car and is on a waiting list for a place of his own. Best of all, he has reunited with his five daughters. “All those relationships are really good now,” he says with a smile.

“I see things differently now," Ivan says. "I tend to stop, think and then act. It’s a calmness that I never had before.”

Ivan also credits Raleigh Rescue Mission with renewing his faith. “My walk with Christ is amazing. It’s a work in progress. I learn new stuff every day. And I’m plugged in with a really nice church that feeds my soul.”

>> Read Ivan's full story on Raleigh Rescue Mission's website