John enlisted in the Army directly out of high school. He served for six and a half years. By the time he returned to civilian life, he was a husband and father.
“I did good for a while, and then I got on drugs.” For fifteen years, John lived with an addiction. He was in and out of prison.
“One day, my wife found me unconscious in an abandoned house and called 9-1-1. They told her I was going to die, but the good Lord stepped in and said, no, He wasn’t ready for me. I thanked Him for that… I survived.”
John has been sober for twelve years and counting. “My wife stuck with me…I thank God for that. I thank God for her today.”
John began looking for something to occupy his day. “It was time to get my life completely back in order.” He was referred to the Montgomery County Food Bank and began volunteering. “I go on with my life and live my life righteous now. I do what’s right for my life.”
When John isn’t at the food bank, he and his wife enjoy spending time at home. He likes to do projects around the house, especially in the yard, where he has a grill. Their household income consists of social security and disability payments, which doesn’t leave any space for an unexpected expense. “About another week after we get our check, it’s gone to bills.” This is when John turns to the food bank. The canned goods, vegetables, and meat they can get there “helps out a whole lot” when their budget is tight.
For anyone that may find themselves needing food assistance, John would like them to be encouraged. “Don’t be afraid to seek what you need… go out, do what you need to do to get what you need.”
And for those who have the time and the drive to become a food bank volunteer? John would recommend it. “It makes your soul grow, your heart spurt, and makes you feel a lot better than you did before. I like it here, it’s the best job I’ve had so far. It’s a better life. I feel good about myself; I feel good about what I’m doing… helping people.”