“Eric’s Journey” is a 7 part series running throughout December. To listen to the audio backgrounder from Family Radio CHRI, click the play button below. Follow along all month to hear this amazing story!
Eric Continues His Story. . .
Eric in 2011
“Drugs were the biggest part of my life. Everything revolved around drugs. Panhandling for money for drugs. Stealing for drugs. Doing whatever I could to get more drugs. They owned my life.
Drugs messed up my life. I had some part-time jobs and was able to have an apartment for a period of time but I lost my job when I didn’t show up for work. I had a couple of homeless guys living with me at the time who had no other place to go. We did drugs together by I ended up losing me place every time.
I didn’t’ really deal drugs very much, but I connected people with other people (drug dealers) and that helped me out a bit.
I spent some time in jail. I don’t have a big criminal record for anything really; sometimes I used my brother’s name instead of mine when I was pulled over by the police. But all of my criminal activity always revolved around drugs and more drugs.
Then while panhandling, I met some people on the street that really helped me lot. They invited me to come to an art program. I used to do art all the time when I was a kid. Some of my stuff was pretty good.
Eric at the P4Y art program in 2009
Yeah so when these outreach guys invited me to come to the art program, I said yes. Well, it took awhile but finally I went.”
Coming Up on December 14th –
Episode 4: Something happens in
Eric’s life that changes EVERYTHING . . .
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