Terence’s Story


“My heart stopped … and when I woke up, my first thought was, ‘I want another hit.’”

Crack cocaine took Terence’s job, his fiancée, his home and, very nearly, his life. But that wasn’t what led him to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center.

It was his mother.

Three years into his addiction, Terence’s mother told him, “I don’t know who you are. You’re not my son.”

Completely broken-hearted, Terence finally got help. He came to The Salvation Army on Christmas Eve of 1990.

“They gave me an opportunity to get my life together … physically, mentally and spiritually … and get close to the Lord … to understand what I was missing in life.”

He has now been clean for 18 years and continues to work as an outside employee for The Salvation Army. He lives a life that, in his own words, is “truly blessed.”