What Life Transformation Looks Like at Lifepath

Oct 24, 2023 | News

George’s inspiring story of true life transformation, by God’s grace, at LifePath: PART 2

I came into LifePath. They had the doors open!

“There were a lot of cops. It looked like Christmas Eve with all the lights,” George recalls about the night he hit a personal rock bottom—as he was arrested . . .

“I ended up going upstate for four years,” he says. “I was 20.

Those years were incredibly hard on George: “I served four years at State Pen,” he says. “Did two years on parole.”

And though he desperately wanted to get his life together, George continued to struggle, seeming to hit a brick wall, no matter which way he turned, “having a felony as a record,” he shares.

“At the time, there wasn’t really a second-chance program—and no one wanted to take felons in. It made it hard to work.”

Worse, “coming back home to the same places and same people, it was just a trap—and I fell right back into it: the heroin had its claws in me really deep. It was just a vicious cycle.”

But, by God’s grace, George discovered he wasn’t completely forgotten or alone: “My grandparents helped me,” he says. “Guided me by praying—a lot of Bibles came my way—and they were just hoping that I would find the path” . . .

A path that would lead him to come across compassionate
people like you, at LifePath Christian Ministries.

After years of abuse and neglect, George’s body also began to fail him: “I ended up having back and neck surgeries,” he says.

Finally, “In 2019, I was diagnosed with diabetes, and it’s really taken its toll. I wasn’t able to work and couldn’t afford my rent any longer . . . and that’s how I came to LifePath.”

The alternatives? Death—or continuing to try surviving on his own: “I was actually scared,” George says.

“I’d never been homeless. Didn’t know anything about that, didn’t know what I was going to do. Family’s gone, and I had no one I could rely on or turn to . . . and then I was on the streets.

So God brought him here: “I came into LifePath. They had the doors open!” George smiles in deepest thanks today.

“I met all the counselors here. I was determined and looking for help, which made their job really easy!”

See your next eNewsletter issue of PATHWAYS for the final installment of George’s story of life transformation—and how he’s moved forward with hope and a future!

Our Stories

A family's mission


As York’s rescue mission for 62 years, LifePath’s impact in helping change lives couldn’t happen without prayers and partnerships like yours—and families like Carolyn, Michele, and Bailey’s, who share a heart for this ministry in their own words . . .

Frank Deines

From Life on the Streets to LifePath

“What I’m trying to do right now is get myself back on my feet again!”—Frank Frank felt he had it all, but saw everything slip away. Isolated and homeless, he ended up living in his car on the streets of York . . . until God brought him safely to LifePath. York has...

Karen Rollins-Fitch


Community leader and LifePath partner in ministry, Karen Rollins-Fitch, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Highmark Wholecare LifePath’s ministry as York’s rescue mission since 1962 couldn’t happen without prayers and partnership like yours—and Karen...

A Mothers Thanks


After a move, a job transfer, and a small business venture that ended like so many others during these hard times, across the country and right here in York County, Hadassah says to her shock, “I ended up homeless.”

This is Jeff Packard, and active volunteer at LifePath Christian Ministires.


LifePath Christian Ministries’ over 60 years of service as York’s rescue mission couldn’t happen without compassion in action like yours—and Jeff Packard’s, who shares his family’s heart for this ministry we share.