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10,000 dollar donation at the rescue mission

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The Atlantic City Rescue Mission has helped thousands since the 1960's when it became a staple of Atlantic City and now one company is giving back to the mission.

"After I lost my parents I continued to drink, more than I normally do," Michael Lyons said.

Michael Lyons came into the Atlantic City Rescue Mission at his lowest point, homeless and dependent on alcohol, now he's gotten his life back and is making a real difference.

"It has the best life changing experience I ever did in my life and if it wasn't for this I don't know what I would have done. I don't know where I would have ended up," Lyons explained.

And now the organization that has given so much to Michael and so many others is getting a gift of its own: a $10,000 check from Verizon.

"It's a great day for the mission. Anytime you have companies like Verizon come and recognize the work that the mission does on the scale that we do. A lot of people don't really understand. They think the mission is a soup kitchen, but it is really a one stop kind of center for those in need," CEO of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Daniel Brown said. 

The staff says large donations like this are a huge help with their day to day expenses.  Along with the nearly 1,000 meals served here everyday they also have a number of programs that are designed to help get visitors back on their feet.

"I mean food clothing, shelter, access to all kinds of social service programs, anything that can help someone get back on their feet, back into the community, back into the work environment," Brown added.

That is exactly what Michael has done with his life. He doesn't drink anymore, and on Wednesday he graduated from the work readiness program and is now a chef. He plans on staying another two years and has hope for the future.

"Once I get through the overcomers program I think ill be back on my feet again," Lyons said.

For more information on donating to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, visit this site:

https://www.acrescuemission.org/stockingsofhope

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