Testimony Tuesday: Scott Robins Intake pic - 10/6/2020 Current pic - 11/16/2020 "I know everybody probably thinks that I've been a perfect angel all my life. Actually, I like to think of myself as a walking trash can putting poison in my body and leading others to a negative lifestyle. I've wasted most of my life in prison. Most of all, I was a terrible father, brother, and son. I always put my mindless needs and physical desires first before anything in life. Then something happened one morning. I actually listened to my brother and friend in unit 3 in Morgan County prison. I believe it was late October 2019. He gave me a Bible, later that week I got saved by rededicating my life to the Lord by allowing Jesus into my life. And the Holy Ghost to slowly work through my heart and mind. So the way I see it, I need to submit myself to the Lord humbly. In doing so, I have a new life in Christ Jesus."
Testimony Tuesday: Ralph Crabtree Intake pic - 09/03/2020 Current pic - 10/27/2020
"My name is Ralph Crabtree. I have been addicted to drugs and alcohol since I was thirty years old. I was brought up in the Baptist Church, I gave my life to the Lord at the age of sixteen, but I was never faithful to the Lord until I came to Safe Harbor. I was always a God-fearing man, but I never put my beliefs into practice. I have always been a God-fearing man. I came to Safe Harbor on September the fourth since then, I have been blessed with a great job at Morgan Olson in Loudon, TN. God has changed my life."
"Safe Harbor has not always been my home. For many years I struggled to get to the point where I can talk so candidly about my experiences. I was raised in a very abusive home - mentally, emotionally, physically. For much of my life I felt like I was an outcast. I've dealt with abandonment issues stemming from the things that I previously stated. There was rampant drug use in my home. From an early age I witnessed drugs being sold and done by family members around me. At the age of 11, I began to experiment with marijuana. Rapidly, I discovered how it made me feel and when I say feel, I mean suppressed the feelings and emotions that I tried to hide. Some say that marijuana is a gateway drug, and if I looked back on my life I would have to agree.
After using marijuana for a short period of time, around 6 months or so, I began to use crack cocaine. I was just 12. I was immediately addicted to that high and would do almost anything to achieve it again. It was not long after that I was incarcerated for the first time at the age of 15. My first incarceration was a direct result from drug use and I have not been out of the prison system a consecutive year since.
That all changed for me when I came to Safe Harbor. This month marks my 1 year anniversary as a free man in the world. I left prison and knew that I needed to make a change in my life, and that I wanted to help others change as well. That is why I truly believe the Lord has called out to me to be a part of the Safe Harbor program in Jefferson County. My relationship with Christ has only strengthened since I began in the Safe Harbor program, and I know that the staff truly cares about me and my needs as I grow into the man that the Lord wants me to be." - Jeffrey Carter