- The June/July, 2016 issue of Presbyterians Today featured in story of a homeless man named Donald Deshauteurs, who had his life radically changed by the volunteers in a mission outreach center run by the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, Texas.
He says, “Being homeless, I was just totally hopeless. It was like living in a black hole. But you have to understand, it was all of my own creation. It was nobody’s fault. It was a drug addiction. It was an alcohol addiction compounded with bipolar mental illness. It got so bad that I wanted to take my own life.”
At some point, he started going to the church’s homeless mission because they offered clothing as well as a full meal once-a-week and sack lunches a couple of other times a week. His goal was to grab the things he needed and then beat it out of there as quickly as he could.
However, the women who volunteered at the mission saw more potential in Deshauteurs than he could even begin to see in himself.