Kevin McDonell had what most would call a good relationship with his parents. He grew up in Philadelphia, where he lived until his early twenties. He joined the Air Force and fought in the first Gulf War. He worked as an EMT for several years. A sensitive man, Kevin decided to leave that line of work because he was beginning to grow so very hard. "The people I worked with scared me," he said. "I got to the point where I didn't care if you lived or died. You get that way after seeing too much."
All the way along, he drank. "I was never a heavy drinker, but no matter what I just couldn't quit," he said. He fell out with his parents, and was kicked out of the house. That is when he decided to clean up. First he went to the Salvation Army, but after leaving there he was homeless. He then came to the Mission, where he lives today.
Kevin says the difference between the Sunday Breakfast Mission and other recovery programs is the emphasis on the Bible and the sense of family. "I know people think they really drill this stuff into you, but he works," he says, in reference to the emphasis on daily Bible reading. Between that and the staff who are always available, men and women like Kevin are getting a second chance.