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Now He Can Say, “I am Shimoy!”

Saying Goodbye to Shimoy the Rancher In another life, Shimoy was a rancher of goats, camels, and cows. He insists that he loved all the animals equally, keeping no favorites. The land was beautiful and green, situated between the two largest rivers in Somalia....

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Climbing Out from Rock Bottom

Peter Hits Rock Bottom The day Peter became homeless was the day he hit rock bottom. He had already reached an emotional low after years of debilitating health issues, compounded by the stress of his collapsing marriage. Becoming homeless, he says, “was just the last...

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You Must Have Hope and Keep Going

I never got to go to school before. Right when I started going to my first school, the civil war started in Somalia. It was a terrible, dark time. Everyone was running for their life. I was very young then. We left Somalia and went to Kenya. Life in a refugee camp is...

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Despite Everything, I Never Gave Up

I knew Our Saviour’s was a decent place when I first stopped by. It wasn’t a big place. Kind of homey, down to earth. It was drizzling outside. I let them know who I was, and they said, “Come on in!” I was early, but they let me sit there for a little bit. I thought,...

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Suleban Faces Forward

Suleban remembers his early years in Somalia with fondness. Everything was so simple then. He went to school and played soccer in his free time. As he got older, he started working in a meat factory to earn a little income. Sadly, those simpler times didn’t last. War...

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A Bathtub for Susan

Susan never knew that one workplace accident would lead to twenty years of opioid addiction. After graduating from college, Susan moved to St. Louis, Missouri, eager to begin a career in occupational therapy. Ten years later, disaster struck. While transporting a...

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