The Road to Independence

By giving a monthly gift of any amount, you have automatically become a part of the Road to Independence Alliance. Because you are a member of a special group of donors who are committed to walking alongside men, women and children journeying from dependence to independence, we created a blog just for you. In it, you will find stories and updates to keep you informed about the challenges and successes of the people you are supporting with your gifts. We hope getting to know these resilient and determined overcomers will in some part give you insight into what your compassionate generosity means to so many.

Derrell’s Story

Posted by on April 29, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off on Derrell’s Story

Derrell’s Story

Growing up in the troubled streets of Detroit, Derrell was an only child living in a fatherless home. His mother sheltered him, yet was constantly absent as she struggled to make ends meet by working long hours at multiple jobs. “It was a relationship that was difficult for me,” he says.  “She never encouraged me to explore my potential or use my talents.” Plagued by depression, Derrell began escaping into video games. After being accepted to college, Derrell’s mother refused to let him go, furthering the distance between them. “I...

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Preston’s Story

Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Featured | Comments Off on Preston’s Story

Preston’s Story

My life has always been pretty simple, I suppose. I had a good childhood and good parents. I went to church with my grandparents every Sunday and enjoyed it but slowly drifted away as I got older. In school I realized that I had a gift for music and in high school I sang solos in show choir and chamber choir.  All the positive feedback led me to develop a very big dream. I knew that I was going to have to work really hard at it. But because I didn’t get support for my dream from my family, I resented them and started to rebel and make bad...

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Home for the Holidays

Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

The tears streamed down his face landing in the crevices of my neck, pooling themselves along the collar of my shirt. His breath reeked with a pungent mixture of coffee and Decade cigarettes. He gripped me around my shoulders and nearly knocked us both to the floor as he struggled to maintain his balance in this, his moment of overwhelming joy. I had no clue what it could have been that he was celebrating: a hearty lunch? A warm coat? A bus pass? A pair of eyeglasses or maybe a prescription filled? “I got a place!” He slammed one...

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Mamadou’s Story

Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Mamadou’s Story

Mamadou’s Story

Some months ago, Mamadou, a native of West Africa, came to our sewing training center with clothes to be mended. When told by a volunteer that she wouldn’t mend them, but would show him how to do it himself, he agreed eagerly. Now Mamadou comes to help set up the machines and sew twice a week.  He wears the suit he made proudly!

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Charles’ Story

Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Charles’ Story

Charles’ Story

When Charles, a financing consultant, lost his wife to cancer, homelessness never crossed his mind. But his grief and huge hospital bills made it hard to keep going. At Hope Faith Ministries, he found the spiritual encouragement he needed. He prayed, “Okay, Father, what do you want me to do?” The response was clear, “Stand and move forward.” Charles says, “It was not a personal choice. God told me to.” Now Charles is helping others stand and move forward. “I say, ‘If not for you, do it for your...

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