The Victory Mission is in the middle of its own hard time--a $140,000 budget shortfall.
Victory Mission Resident Jason Hegstrom says the programs at Victory Mission are helping him rebuild his life.
"They help us with classes like finance management, learn to manage our money. The keys to staying sober. Daily bible study."
Just months ago Hegstrom's life was very different.
"Well, I would be drinking and homeless," Hegstrom believes. "Here I am not technically homeless I have a shelter, place to live. A place where I can get things."
Whether Hegstrom (right) is working washing windows at Victory Square or watching one of his 12/12 recovery addiction classmates make room for the Community Garden, Hegstrom says the Victory Mission gives people hope in the middle of desperate situations
"Put you on the path from going from addiction to living a different life."
Now the Victory Mission is in the middle of its own hard time. A $140,000 shortfall.
"We depend upon the community for donations," stresses Rev. James Harriger, Victory Mission's executive director.
Harriger says recycling services , the food pantry, Victory Vintage thrift store and Victory Square will all feel the impact.
"I have to cut people from their jobs who are then affected, families are affected. When we cut back on our food pantry families are affected."
Harriger says that puts Victory Mission in a critical position
"Right now we just hit that critical point where I need to ask our community to step forward to help."
Jason Hegstrom says he's living proof of the work of the Victory Mission.
"There's more than enough resources here that if you need it and you use it, you can, you can change your life."
And he hopes, for the sake of Victory Mission, the community will see saving a life as a good investment.
If you want to learn more about the Victory Mission or if you'd like to give, visit the Victory Mission website.
They welcome donations in many forms including food, clothing and volunteering.
But, if you are interested in helping them overcome this $140,000 shortfall they accept monetary donations on their website as well.