Meet Jared

“I was broken. A heroin addict. I was done - I had no hope. There was nothing else I could do. But I knew there was hope here at the Mission. I knew this was where I needed to be. I love the classes, devotions, chapel, church - love it all. I was in the program a year ago and I had never gone to church really, not since I was a real little kid, but it was only because I had to, now it’s because I want to. I see hope in my future. I just have to stick with Jesus. I have to listen and learn and soak everything in here.

Rock bottom for me was: there’s nothing left. You’re just empty inside. I had nowhere else to go. I wanted to end it. I didn’t want to live anymore.

So I have to stick with what I’m learning here - pray that I do.”

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Ryan Stillwater

Ryan is a longtime Visalian — a graduate of Redwood High School and Fresno Pacific University with a bachelors degree in Christian Ministries. Intrigued by the partnership between the Visalia Rescue Mission and the City of Visalia, Ryan began putting his vision on paper as VRM's Oval Venue Coordinator in August 2013, and has sparked the interest of many throughout the community. Ryan and his wife Amy (a Mt. Whitney High School graduate) have been married for seven years and have three amazing kids — ages 6, 4, and 4.