East Texas homeless becoming "new creations"

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - It was graduation day for some East Texans.

At the Highway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview, residents received diploma's after completing a nine month recovery program called New Creations.

Many came to the Mission homeless and with drug or alcohol addiction. Program participants take part in Bible studies, counseling, work training, life skill classes and becoming productive members of society.

Two of the graduates are even moving on to college.

"We actually have two of these graduates in college," said Eric Burger, with the Highway 80 Mission. "Also, half of them are employed. Some of them have also restored family relationships so there's some exciting things happening from this group."

"I was an addict," said Jill Mulholland, a graduate. "I more strong, make better choices in my life [and] since completing the program, I am employed."

This class of graduates is the largest in the history of the mission, with 18 graduates, seven women and 11 men.

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