After an accident left him paralyzed, Carlton struggled through an intense physical and emotional recovery process. Eventually he was able to walk again, but his life had already started to fall apart. Carlton grew up in New York and enjoyed early success in the music industry until a series of personal challenges led him to Tucson. With nowhere to go, Carlton stepped into the Gospel Rescue Mission Men’s Center, determined to turn his life around.
“If I was going to get to where I wanted to be, this was going to have to do, because the Mission is one step away from sleeping out on the streets.”
At the Center, Carlton found a community of men who, like him, were pushing through their struggles to make positive life changes. Over the course of 18 months, the community of other men who lived at the Center became his family.
“Seeing all the gentlemen around, that had their issues and problems, I realized that I am not the only one. Even though I was down and in the dumps, there was something I could do, I still had something to offer. I coud be part of this community and bring somebody up with me instead of trying to do it all on my own.”
Gospel Rescue Mission provided for Carlton’s basic needs, as well as the stability he needed to heal and grow. He works full time as the Apparel Manager at a local Fry’s Store and volunteers in the evenings organizing donations for the clothing room at the Men’s Center. He is excited about the new Men’s Center and its potential to reach more people.
“I am so thankful to the Gospel Rescue Mission for how they have stood by me this past year and a half. I don’t know where I would be now if they wouldn’t have opened up their doors. Now with the new Men’s Center, they can do even more good by helping guys like me who wanted to make a positive change in their lives.”