How It All Started
I am a changed man from the inside out. I can not take credit for this though; Jesus Christ led me from the hopelessness of my addictions to a brand new life! On September 8th 2003, I entered the Seattle Metro branch of Teen Challenge, a one year program available to persons battling alcohol and/or drug addictions. While in the program, my habits were totally changed. Chain smoking cigarettes, smoking marijuana, using cocaine, stealing and getting drunk as often as possible were no longer my desires. God transformed my destructive thought process and freed me to pursue His plans for my life, which are more rewarding. I graduated the program as a new person! In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun.”
I knew at that point the Lord had called me to a life of helping others, but I did not know what direction He was leading me. I continued working at the Seattle Metro Teen Challenge for about 4 years, working first as an Intern, then as an Assistant Program Director, Education Coordinator, Work Coordinator, and Development Coordinator. During that time, in April 2008, I married my best friend, Amy. Once married, I felt it prudent to make education a priority so I resigned from Seattle Metro Teen Challenge with a plan to head back to school. I completed my Bachelors of Arts in Leadership with an emphasis on church and non profit administration.
The shift gave my wife and I a broader perspective, allowing us to spot a trend affecting people from Teen Challenge, other drug/alcohol programs, and the public in general. The negative atmosphere that people want to escape is extremely hard to get away from when completing a rehab program which makes relapse difficult, if not impossible, to avoid. For people to succeed in the long run, it is imperative that they have a supportive, Godly home to live in while they begin to implement the skills they are learning. The people they live with must be able to communicate the sometimes difficult truth and encourage them onward at the same time. This gives them the ability to succeed in the big picture of life.
The ABSOLUTE House
We have outlined a limted structure program for those who enter the ABSOLUTE House. The Members reside with other members, sharing a room, paying tuition, completing their curriculum and working an outside job. This semi-structured environment will facilitate their transition into the responsibilities of healthy living. The ABSOLUTE House will allow members to build a network of supportive friends and develop relationships in the church and community, while continuing in a limited structure environment for their success. In 2020 we partnered with Faith International University. The school has accredited our published workbook and our Members get college credits towards their bachelors degree for completing ABSOLUTE! They also get a 30% tuition scholarship at the University for being an active ABSOLUTE Member or ABSOLUTE Graduate. The Lord is faithful and we trust him to continue leading us every step of the way.
In 2010 we opened a two bedroom 1 bathroom house with a capacity of 4 men. In 2012 we sold that house and acquired a duplex in a cul-de-sac with capacity for 12 men. In 2014 we acquired another duplex in the same cul-de-sac to provide space for 12 more men. We then turned our attention to starting a women's campus. We found a four-plex and opened space for 12 women in March 2019. In 2021 we put an agreement in place and partnered with ABSOLUTE Ministries Kalispell in Montana for a new men's campus there. Later in 2021 we acquired another duplex in the same western Washington men's campus cul-de-sac and opened it for 12 more men. In early 2022 we signed a lease for another women's home in Western WA with the capacity to serve 6-8 more women. All of this is only possible because of Jesus and our donors who are valuing the people we serve with their ongoing donations.
In John 10:10, Jesus tells us “The thief’s (Satan) purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” Each year, a host of members emerge from recovery programs having found this very fullness. With the Lord’s aid, our desire is to stave off the thief and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. Will you commit to pray that lives will be changed through ABSOLUTE Ministries? Will you also consider partnering with us financially to meet this need? For a few dollars a month, you can help provide a home that will secure life-change in men whom Jesus has saved from addiction, just like he saved me. You can change lives forever by giving here.
JESUS is ABSOLUTE,
Founder, President & CEO