Patrick’s Story


“All the hate, the sadness in my heart, the loneliness … it’s gone.”

At 19 years old, Patrick was working four jobs to support his wife and baby son. But when he wasn’t working, he was drinking. The alcoholism began to get violent, drugs were added into the mix and things just got worse and worse.

“I always had people who wanted to help me. But I didn’t like myself. I hated myself.”

At one point, Patrick was on Fort Worth’s Top Ten Most Wanted list for grand theft auto. He was introduced to crack cocaine, which led to a heart attack. And he even put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. But the gun failed.

Finally, he fell down and said, “God, please, take this away. I can’t do it anymore.” Then he took the first step toward changing his life by calling The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center.

“The Salvation Army builds an army of brotherhood and fellowship, helping people who are down and out and feel like they’re nothing, like they’re dirt … bringing them back up and saying, ‘You’re not. You’re worth more.’”

Today, Patrick is sober and drug-free. He has reunited with his children. And he has discovered the person he was meant to be.

“I am a good person. I love myself. And I love The Salvation Army. I’d do anything for them.”