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The Rescue Mission of El Paso does more than just provide shelter for the homeless. Their relapse prevention program has changed countless lives including the life of one Rescue Mission employee, Randy Morales.

Two years ago, Morales was homeless and suffered from drug addiction.

“It was in December of 2017 that I finally hit rock bottom,” said Randy Morales. “It just gave me that extra push in order for me to change.”

He said after joining and graduating from the program, he was able to turn his life around. “I mean, it’s been a major difference, a big change. I’ve become a member of society,” Morales said.

Program director Darlene Domingue, graduated from the program back in 2000. She told ABC-7 the 13-week faith-based program helps people make a permanent change for the better.

“We can refer you to the right types of programs to get detoxed if they have any substance abuse,” Domingue said. “After they complete their 90 day program then they have the option to stay another 6 months”

Graduates like Morales said he hopes to inspire others to make a change for the better.

“I tell them don’t give up,” Morales said. “It’s a very long and tedious program, but every minute is worth it.”

To learn more about the relapse prevention program and the work the Rescue Mission of El Paso does, click here.

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