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Graduating To A New Life

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Most graduations this time of year are for high school or college students, but Tuesday night in Spokane Valley, a very special graduation ceremony was held for 25 people who have completely changed their lives.

In front of friends and family, graduates shared their stories and thanked those who helped them along the way.  

The program they completed lasted 17 months. 

Among the graduates was Rowdy Rogers. Rogers is a father of 4 and began the 5 step program a year and a half ago. Growing up in a broken home with an abusive father, Rowdy began dealing and doing methamphetamine and heroin, and his addiction grew.

Living on the street with no other options, Rowdy came to the Union Gospel Mission and was accepted into the Life Recovery Program.

Rowdy now works at the mission and is now a success story.

For Rowdy, Tuesday's celebration was particularly special because in the audience was his sister and his 6-year-old daughter, Sara, who he has never seen.

Every graduate in the program knows, the work is never done, but for Rowdy the love of his family makes it worth it.


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