Often God sends his lost sheep to a good shepherd. Very nice to say the least... May God bless you and yours.My wife and I over the last 20 years have taken in 2 abused and 5 drug addicted kids. The first was a young girl(14) who was basically a coke whore, we knew the Mom and she had us snatch her. We had her about a month, long enough to get all the drugs out of her system and she went home.
The second was a girl(13) who lived next door and saw what we did for the first girl. She told us that she was being beat by her mother. The Dad and I were on good terms, so I confronted him and he confirmed it. He was in the process of retiring from the AF and they would be moving off base. Well they moved, but left the daughter living with us. She lived with us for about 5yrs until she got married. Then I retired and we moved to So. Cal.
The third was a boy(14) he was my sons best friend, always hanging around, but didn't know that much about him or where he lived. One day I get a collect local call from him and I'm wondering *** is up with this kid. He said: "Could I come and pick him up" and he was at the High School. Puzzled I said OK and went and got him. Turns out both his parents got busted for heroin and both went to jail that day and he had nowhere to go, so he stayed with us until he graduated High School and joined the Navy.
Then we moved from So. Cal to Eastern Idaho, we weren't here six months when my son brought a young man(17) home that needed help. He lived with us for a year, stayed clean and then his brother got home from a mission(LDS) and he wanted to move home again. Well the brother got him using drugs again and to this day is still using. What a waste of a year, but we tried. Now he's married and has a kid of his own. Hopefully things will change.
We also had three others get clean and stay that way, a Girl (19) Boy (17) Boy(18) They all stayed a year in our home.
We still talk to all the kids, but the first one. The second girl wanted to live near us, so her and her husband and 4 kids(one she took in, her sisters) moved from California to 3 hours away in Montana. The boy that joined the Navy, did his time and got out and moved back in with us for a while, had his last name changed to mine and is now married with a kid on the way, living about 10 miles from my wife and I. The other kids have stayed in touch and live in a 20 mile radius from us.
How all this happened? I don't know, right place right time I guess and just doing what's right. Today we are still the house that the kids like to hang out at, my daughters friends come in and go strait for the frig. They know they can always get something to eat here and be safe.
Side story: I have a big bonfire pit and was burning some wood, wife and I just standing there watching it and kids started showing up, because they saw it miles away and knew it was my house. We had about 10 ten kids show up and my daughter was working, so they called her and tell her she is missing the bonfire and rubbing it in that she had to work. Next thing: "Hey Rick what's in the frig."