Weary Hearts Rejoice With parents rarely home, and a brother deep in a world of drugs, Jerry fell into a lifestyle modeling his family’s. “I can remember being a little kid and having to carry backpacks full of drugs,” he shares.
Ed was a successful long-haul trucker, but too much isolation on the road took a heavy toll. “It’s a very difficult lifestyle,” he says. “I made a lot of money, but I had a nervous breakdown and suffered from very bad depression.”
Several East Texas law enforcement agencies, including sheriff's offices in Gregg and Upshur counties, have teamed to give out 10,000 blankets to people and shelters in need. "Operation Blue Shield of Compassion" was started after Lindale pastor James Dill requested the blankets and figured local police would be the best way to distribute them.
Christy Pierce is looking toward her future, not her past. Pierce is one of three women who just completed a nine-month program at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission focused on helping them overcome past abuse. Pierce said the program helped her turn her life around and get back in the world — and she's looking forward to it.
LONGVIEW - Dustin Lee has had a rough past. Now as cold weather comes in, he relies on Hiway 80 Rescue Mission for shelter. "There's nowhere for you to stay and it's hard to find a place to feel safe," Lee says. "The places I could stay at are too dangerous."
Toy donations for the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission annual Christmas party will be accepted noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 through 16 at the Longview Exhibit Building. A family Christmas party with lunch and dinner is scheduled noon to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17, and toys will be distributed to children. Admission to the Christmas party is free; however, families must register to attend.
Raymond Abercrombie was giving thanks for a lot of things Wednesday as he sat down for a Thanksgiving lunch with his wife and two children. Abercrombie, who is a part of Hiway 80 Rescue Mission's New Creation Discipleship Recovery Program alongside his wife, hadn't seen his family while they stayed at the group's separate men and women's shelters. They said they both have been working to get closer to God and work through the disasters that brought them to the mission.
Shelters in East Texas are all in agreement that just because you don’t have a home doesn’t mean you won’t get a Thanksgiving meal. The Highway 80 Rescue Mission started their Thanksgiving yesterday and continued it today. Wednesday they had more than 50 volunteers serving and preparing since they were open to the general public, but today it was just open to their guests who are staying at the facility.
The West Erwin Church of Christ Benevolence Center was a busy mix of servers and cooks as people took their seats to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. In its fifth year of putting on the meal, the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission expected to serve about 200 people on Wednesday, a day before the actual holiday. Read the full story here.
Morris was the "black sheep" of his family. "I had no direction. I was a wild kid. I was just what I shouldn't be." He started smoking pot at 14 and using meth at 20. “I was running around with nowhere to go and nothing to look forward to. I was so angry,” he says.