2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NLT)
16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Change Begins When You Believe
Statistically, there are over 300 live-in recovery homes in the U.S. and around the world. There are as many as 10,000 residents (men and women) in these recovery homes at one time. Their lodging, food, and clothing are provided at no charge. These Victory Homes go into some of the most drug-infested areas of the inner cities and reaches out to men and women who are helplessly addicted to heroin, meth, and other drugs. Such effectiveness comes from the fact that the majority of people providing assistance are former addicts and gang members who at one time found themselves trapped in the same cycle of addiction.
A message of hope and healing
The message is simple; Jesus can change and transform any life no matter the condition or the addiction. Scriptures are used as the foundation to bring a message of deliverance. Once the message is heard and received, addicts are taken off the streets or in some cases out of prison and given an opportunity to live in these Homes (as it is often referred to). The people who direct the Homes know it’s not an easy road yet through tough love, compassion, and support they have been able to see tremendous results.
Results for a lifetime
Once a resident completes his/her stay at one of these Victory Recovery Homes, follow up is provided by the local church, where they’re directed to get actively involved in the life flow of the church. Each Victory Home has a local church that residents are very much a part of and take an active role in the functions of the local church.
The emphasis in these Victory Homes is creating a lifetime of service to others. Many graduates go on to work with addicts, gangs, and other hurting people by helping them know the freedom they now embrace. The bottom line: These Victory Homes have an exponential effect in helping and getting involved in reaching out to our communities. By rescuing one person, they often then, in turn, reach out too many others.