Miami, South Florida, Ron Brahmin discussed on Mission Possible


Possible. Ron and Maryland Brahmins. Good morning, South Florida and Welcome to mission possible. The good news program brought to you by the Miami Rescue mission and Broward outreach centers were known as the Caring place. We've been caring for the homeless and needy here in South Florida for 99 years, just one year short of our centennial. Good morning again. I'm Ron Brahmin. I happen to be the president and I've been here. In fact, I want to talk about that a little bit this morning. Been here 31 years, 30 years on ministry with the mission and 31 years in total, And so I pray that you and your family remain safe. Taking safeguards so much has happened this last week. You know, we try to make it real easy with what we do in Miami and Broward. We're simply here to love on the homeless and the needy and the women that are experiencing domestic violence. And those just fell through the cracks and need a helping hand up in life and politics gets involved and finances gets involved. And so many things get involved with the many years I've been here. I've always seen people from all walks of life from all different face from all political backgrounds. We can agree on. One major thing is to help those that are hurting, so it's been a quite a blessing. We had a tremendous holiday season. Even with Cove it and the pandemic we're able to bless thousands of people had wonderful Christmas outreach were over 700 families at 700 families. That's Probably close to 5000 people or blessed with toys and clothes and food and items and just let him know that people do care about him and we can't do everything that we do without the support of the community. I said earlier that I've been here 30 years as far as an employee of staff person, But I've been here 31 years in February, 1st. So this is a one of those monumental times in life. You know, you go through your decades. You have things you're looking at things that really mean a lot to you. I achievements. I can't believe I've been here 30 years as a staff member and 31 years on total that I I actually give you a bit of history of myself. Some of you know my story. But if your first time tuner inner let your own religion is some of my background, I I actually grew up here in Miami, and it came from a very dysfunctional family and was alcoholic family and I had promised myself as a child. And growing up in adolescence that I would never be like my parents and I would never do drugs, and I would never do alcohol. I actually grew up in the sixties and graduated in the seventies from high school and actual and that's the time when we had the hippies and them. You know, a lot of drug usage is going on. But I was gonna be a good kid and I wasn't gonna do it and I actually ended up going into the service in the at the end of Vietnam War. And in the service. I get introduced to drugs. There's a lot of drugs being taken and I wanted to fit in. So I went ahead, started using and doubling and dabbling, drinking and doing drugs and was able to have a great time. I thought a great party time but that kicked off something inside of me. And when I got out of the service, I didn't stop using drugs. In fact, that started getting I drew into it even further and further and further and I'm not gonna get into all the details That would take a long, long, long, long time. But my story is something similar to many of the homeless people that come to us for Help. You know, when you see a homeless person on the bus venture, you see him begging on the street corner. Sometimes we're gonna think you know, Hey, that person get a job if they can stay in standing for five or six hours walking around the cardboard sign saying, help me, I'm sure they could get a job someplace, but we don't know the story Behind those individuals. You see a woman on the street or sometimes you see a woman and Children on the street. You don't know what's taking place in their lives the last week or the last year, the last 10 years or 15 years. And so I Unfortunately I had done to a lot of things. I have made a lot of accomplishments. But I never was able to really get over my addiction. And my addiction brought me down such a low low place in life that I found myself. I had burned all my bridges. I had disappointed so many people in life and then I found myself in 1987. On the streets of Miami and for the next 2.5 years, Basically, I stayed on the streets. I'd be little pockets of time I had enough money where I could stay someplace, but basically, I was on the street. And I'm I'm probably one of those people that you might see a intersection, begging for money or write a convenience store begging for money. I continually try to hustle and make money and all the money I made like so many homeless people went to my addiction. But in 1989 the very end of that year. It was the coldest year that I can remember. We have had in records here in in South Florida, on fact that I was watching a thermometer, one of the digital thermometers where I was trying to stay warm somewhat. I only had a shirt, a pair of shorts and some beat up sneakers. But it's the temperature dropping so rapidly and they got down to the twenties. I think that was the time we had actually experienced snow and as a zit went down, I guess I can't live like this. I can't do this. And I called up. Ah, pastor of mine when I was a little kid, and he came and got me and I ended up at the Miami rescue mission as a resident as a client. And I tell.

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