OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - Seventeen men and women from His Place and Hosanna Home, under Harvest Evangelism, were recognized for turning their lives around for the better during a graduation ceremony on Saturday.
Friends and family members gathered in support of the graduates that have spent the past year overcoming addiction.
"These are men and women that have gone through some hard times in life. Some of them were at the very face of death and darkness, despair, and they came into gods hands. It's good to see these 17 that graduated," said Harvest Evangelism founder Rick Hagans. "The truth is, in the same time frame, some of them left, went back to prison, went back to the street. Some of them have overdosed, been murdered, have died. So to see the ones that persevered and made it, it means a lot because they don't all."
Harvest Evangelism is a ministry that focuses primarily on men and women who struggle with addiction and substance abuse free of charge.
His Place and Hosanna Home usually have two graduations per year. The next graduation ceremony is scheduled for January.