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"Jesus led me to Dégagé this summer after suddenly finding myself homeless"

Hello, my name is James. You might have seen me around Degage doing chores. Jesus led me to Degage this summer after suddenly finding myself homeless.
James working in our Dining Room

James working in our Dining Room /Bob Kreter

Hello, my name is James. You might have seen me around Dégagé doing chores. Jesus led me to Dégagé this summer after suddenly finding myself homeless.

Between the Dégagé vouchers and the grace of God, I have had a summer without need. I can do my laundry, pay my locker rental, and have a real meal I earned. I can also shower, charge my phone, receive mail, messages, wifi, and even get a haircut - everything I took for granted before becoming homeless.

As a result, I walk around feeling dignified and respected. Dégagé has freed me to find faith in Jesus, and Jesus healed me. From my heart I'd like to thank you, Dégagé, but most of all, I'd like to thank You, Jesus.

I was cold, hungry, afraid -
God led me to 
Dégagé.
During this dark time in my life,
Jesus carried me to the light.
Light, that shines so brightly
in the Heartside of our hood...
In the city of compassion,
called Grand Rapids.
The light of Dégagé,
is good...
I was given a cup of coffee,
and a meal among friends...
after a long hot shower,
I felt dignity and respect.
We are all God's children,
everyone deserves a good life.
In Grand Rapids,
Jesus works through Dégagé,
continuing to build lives.
-James

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