“Miracles can happen.”

“People used to fear me,” says David Chung, 46. “I was involved in drugs, gangs, and crime. I was the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to mess with.”

David didn’t have the typical background of a drug addict or a criminal. Born and raised on Oahu, he grew up with a loving family that spoiled him. “I got everything I wanted and needed. In fact, being spoiled is what got me into drugs as a teenager. I spiraled out of control after high school and got into serious trouble,” he says. For twenty years, David led the life of a drug addict and was trapped in a cycle of drugs, crime, and prison.

“Every time I was arrested, the judge offered me rehabilitation or prison. Prison was only 18 months, treatment took two years. I chose prison every time,” he explains. In 2009, he committed a felony. The judge, recognizing his pattern, sent him to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, where he learned structure, received treatment in exchange for work therapy, and received spiritual support from the Officers. “I started to understand how I was hurting others and myself. The Salvation Army helped me realize life is so much more than drugs and crime,” he says.

Once he completed his treatment, David was offered a job at The Salvation Army. “They empowered me to become a better man and live a life full of purpose to serve others like myself. I am now the Production Manager of the program, and I take our clients who are struggling with addiction to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, where they can learn from recovering addicts.”

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“As the program’s Production Manager, I see firsthand how the smallest donations can turn a criminal into a man of God who cares for his family. Miracles can happen. I see them every day working at The Salvation Army.”

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