"I was living on the street," Scot Walters, a resident at Rescue Mission Ministries told your Hometown News Leader.
"I lost my house, I lost my car and it destroyed me and my family," said Patrick Blizzard, also a resident at the mission.
"I was completely in drugs and alcohol addiction," Matt Pagans confessed. He got his life back after spending months in the mission's recovery program.
Walters was a mortgage professional who fell on hard times when the housing market crashed in 2008 and has been forced to do the unthinkable.
"My house is being foreclosed upon; we had to move out of my home."
Blizzard had a steady job and was able to support his family before an injury left him unable to work-forcing him to do things he never imagined.
"My wife and my two daughters are in Martinsville Virginia staying at my mother-in-law's house."
"All four of us slept in her dining room."
Pagans found himself wrapped up in the world of addiction, close to losing everything and becoming homeless.
"I was really wanting to die, and I was introduced to the mission. They had a drug and alcohol program that was free"
Three men. Three different stories of survival, all thanks they say to The Rescue Mission Ministries.
"What makes this place so good is, said Walters, they emphasize, you know, look, just because you're homeless, doesn't mean it's the end of the world."
Blizzard hope was restored thanks to the mission. "If you really want to put in the effort, they'll help you any way that they can."
"I was completely hopeless, Pagans told WDBJ7. "Today, I have a family now, I have a job, and my own place."
None of these men dwell on the past. They charge forward and encourage those who've lost hope to do the same
"If you go through a tough time and persevere through that, it's only going to make you a stronger person," said Walters.
Proving that it's never too late to change your life for the better.