My name is Richard. I’ve been living at Hospitality House the past 15 months. It’s a blessing for me every day here. This is the longest time that I’ve stayed out of prison. I’ve lived a life of gangs, drugs, crime and spent most of my adult life in prison.
That is until recently, when I found Jesus as Lord and Savior. He’s opened up my eyes and heart to a better way of living. Since welcoming Christ into my life, every day is a blessing for me.
My Lord has changed me in ways I never thought possible. I was young, wild and crazy. I ran away from home at age 7, joined a gang at 9 and by 17-years-old I was in prison for killing someone. My childhood was really bad and had to grow up quick on the streets of LA. I became a heroin addict at age 12 and used cocaine, meth, and PCP as a teenager.
I have done a lot of bad things in my life time that I never thought I could be forgiven for. Today, I am a changed man. I never gave up on God, and He never gave up on me. It’s never too late to change your life. I’m 50 years old now and am the happiest I have ever been. Know that Jesus loves you, and He is there for you.