Cody grew up on a big ranch, participating in rodeos and enjoying a good life with a loving family. He served in a church and played in a gospel music group, participating in outreach efforts on the streets as well. As time went on, life became more complicated. He built up a company with his business partner and they did all right for a while. But gradually, his business partnership deteriorated.
In September of 2016, Cody came to Kelowna’s Gospel Mission to get himself through a rough patch. His business was over, and he’d lost his housing and couldn’t find enough work.
“You get unconditional love at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. They serve every person in whatever way is needed.” —Cody
Soon, Cody got to know the staff, volunteers and guests at the Mission and realized that it would be much more difficult to leave than he’d thought. He hadn’t realized how much he wanted to start over. It had seemed far too difficult a task. But with the encouragement of his new community, he discovered that he had the strength to make some big changes.
“You get unconditional love at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission,” says Cody. “I’ve seen how this place works, how they serve every person in whatever way is needed, whether it be your food or your clothes, or a place to live. If you really put your mind to it, your dream really will come true.”
This past January, Cody got his own place! He has spent the last few months getting to know the people at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, and becoming a part of the community.
Today, Cody volunteers on the front line, helping out wherever it’s needed—even with the cooking and cleaning. He especially enjoys helping serve food. “You see people at rock bottom,” he says. “But you also get to see when they start to do well and that’s why it’s a good place.”
“I want to give back what they’ve given me,” says Cody. “Thank God that Kelowna’s Gospel Mission was here and for everything they have done for each and every one of us.”
Eventually, Cody would like to come back and work at the Mission. “You can sit down and people actually open up and talk to you,” he says. “I was so impressed by that, and now when I’m here, I get to encourage other people!”
It’s people like Cody who are the reason we come to work every day, at the Mission. And it’s support like yours that makes these transformations possible. We’re so grateful for your generosity!