We recently received a donation from Chester, who went through our program more than 20 years ago. He told us about his life today:
“I am sending a donation in appreciation for the help I received from your program. I was a resident at [The Adult Center at] 412 S. Raymond in 1990. Because of the help I received there, I have been clean and sober for 22 years.
Union Station gave me the opportunity to stop my free fall in life. It helped me understand what my life could become – and showed me how to get there.
I always think of Union Station with the deepest…respect, reverence, gratitude, and appreciation. It gave me my life back. Its incredible how much Union Station has grown since 1990. When I went through the program, there were 36 beds and it was co-ed.
Life has been good to me. I am retired now. I’ve moved to Idaho. I rent an apartment on the river. I have a half-acre yard and a view of the Teton Mountains. Every single day of my life is outstanding.
I made a gift to Union Station because I’m trying to repay the people who helped me — This is in gratitude for all my blessings. Thank you.”
— Chester Russell Jr., Alumnus of Union Station Homeless Services, Class of October 1990