Wichita's Union Rescue Mission launches new transitional complex

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4 years ago the Union Rescue Mission had a dream. They saw a need for a stepping stone before easing their men back into society. today, they made that dream a reality by opening the Eagle's Wing.

"It was kind of like, alright, is this really it? Is this all that life is gonna be," says Josh Stafford.

Josh Stafford had come to the end of himself...

 "I was a severe alcoholic, I had become estranged or slightly disowned from my family because of my alcoholism, I became homeless at 2 a.m, I have to say," says Stafford. 

It was then that Stafford had a wake up call, and discovered the union rescue mission.

The mission's newest addition now serves as a transition from life recovery programs into independent living.

"Taking the instant step back into the world is kind of scary. So being able to come into these apartments and have the transitional living with a little bit of more structure," says Stafford.

The 24-unit transitional housing complex will be the new home for two dozen men. 

The staff's greatest hope is that this new program helps to eliminate relapse.

"It's a dream come true for the staff because they've realized that this was one of the biggest missing links. We have guys that go out and relapse and they end up back at the mission. We're hoping that this will eliminate some of that," says Tom Myers, Union Rescue Mission.

Stafford just graduated from the mission's initial program called 'new beginnings' and now is transitioning with some hopes and dreams he never imagined he'd have.

"I was looking into nothing but darkness as my future, but being here at the mission it's brought this shining light onto my future," says Stafford.

While he's in the Eagle's Wing, he'll be getting his degree from WSU.
 

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