Jacorie’s Story: Fighting Forward in Freedom

Jacorie

"...selling drugs, doing drugs, staying up late trying to make ends meet just to pay bills and provide a better life for my children and future. But my addiction took over everything and I lost sight of what was important,” admits Jacorie.

To those who have supported him through UGM, Jacorie says, “Thank you, it really is appreciated—it goes a long way.”

“I had no guidance, no mentors…  Within the midst of all that, that led me to selling drugs, doing drugs, staying up late trying to make ends meet just to pay bills and provide a better life for my children and future. But my addiction took over everything and I lost sight of what was important,” admits Jacorie. 

His eventual homelessness, though, provoked a turning point in his life. Soon after, Jacorie dug his heels in, took to the internet, and, through his search, discovered Union Gospel Mission of Salem. With renewed motivation, he began rebuilding his life on July 22, 2020. 

Despite all the swirling emotions Jacorie felt when he joined the New Life Fellowship program (NLF), many of those were quickly quelled when he discovered his new-found home was filled with love, acceptance, and accountability.  

“When Jacorie first phased up onto my caseload, he did not trust me or anyone, for that matter,” says NLF Counselor Roy Morris. “It took several weeks for him to start coming around. Once he began to open up and be vulnerable, a peace came over him that was very noticeable.” 

“To come here and meet the brothers and know that I have friends and people who love me just for no reason is one of the most grateful and amazing feelings in the world,” Jacorie says. 

Within this space of safety and growth, Jacorie walked a journey of purposeful baby steps that ultimately led to his recent NLF graduation. Today he is armed with what he needs to step forward in continued freedom from addiction and darkness. He gives recognition to God, who graciously used all the pain of the past for good. 

“The Mission has given me hope and it gave me peace,” says Jacorie. To those who have supported him through UGM, he says, “Thank you, it really is appreciated—it goes a long way.”  

John 16, verse 3 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

Every dollar you give to UGM is an investment in life-change, and in this new year, you can dispense hope and peace to people like Jacorie. Give today at ugmsalem.org/donate.   

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