Neil Fails’ Story

Change is hard, we all know that. Take, for instance, Daylight Savings Time. We dread that day. No one wants to see it coming and we feel helpless to stop it. It messes up our schedules, our sleep, basically, our life. Change – the evil verb. But what if a change was so huge that it could save one’s life? It would be desired, pursued, fought for, chased until ultimately secured.

Change is never easy, but Neil Fails will tell you that it’s worth the struggle. This is his story:

“Hello, my name is Neil Fails, and I was born on July 31, 1969. I came from a broken home, meaning my father was absent. I had to take on many duties at a young age; by me doing so, I ran into trouble with drugs and alcohol. I drank my first beer when I was 16 years old and I was introduced to crack cocaine at the age of 30.

I have been in and out of jails and institutions for the last 20 years. I prayed and I prayed that God would give me the strength to be delivered from crack cocaine and alcohol. I was homeless on the streets of Jacksonville, Florida when I found myself in the mental health ward of Behavioral Health Services. I had finally hit my rock bottom. I had been there for two weeks when my counselor contacted Darrell Dow and the Trinity Rescue Mission. It was kind of hard adjusting to the many attitudes when I first arrived at the mission, but I stuck in there.

When I tell you that Trinity is the best thing that ever happened to me in my life, believe me. When I tell you that Trinity taught me how to be a responsible adult, believe me. They taught me how to hold down a job.

As of right now, I am in transitional housing preparing myself for my transition back into society. I want to take this time to thank Darrell Dow, John Deeser, and Michael Messer for allowing me to get back on the road to success. My family awaits and I can’t wait until they see the Neil that I have become, because of what God has done for me at Trinity Rescue Mission.”

Neil pursued his goal of life change and his future looks much more promising than it did at rock bottom. We celebrate with him in his life-transforming journey and give God the glory for an amazing transition to a brand-new way of life. We are so proud of his decisions and choices that have brought him to becoming a new creature in Christ.

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