Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless

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Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless
Crescimento Limpo, Supportive Housing for Homeless

Project Report | Mar 23, 2021
The On-going Restoration Championed by Milton

By Mark Kaiser | Founder and director, Crescimento Limpo

Milton is not one to sit back and watch
Milton is not one to sit back and watch

One of the most remarkable benefits to working with an organization like Crescimento Limpo (CL) is that you build more and more confidence in the tremendous capacity for restoration that God has stitched into the Human Spirit. We have all come across men and women who have found themselves with nowhere to call home, often lost in addiction, maybe unbathed, and even aggressive. But maybe you don’t get the chance to follow these lives and bear witness to their redemption. I wish you could. 

To give you a deeper look, I’d like to share the story of one of our friends, Milton. Milton grew up in abject poverty. There is no father recorded on his birth certificate or in his memory. He was raised by an elderly grandmother. His mother introduced herself to him when he was close to ten years old, but no relationship followed. Milton’s Grandmother passed away when he was a yong adolescent, and at the age of 18 he was reduced to living on the streets. He begged for money at stoplights and washed down his feelings of emptiness with excessive alcohol. He had no resources of his own, and no vision of hope. Then Milton's feet started to trip. An alcoholic person tripping doesn’t call a lot of attention, but this was different. Even when he was sober he was losing control over his feet, and paralysis was progressively freezing the movements of his legs and hips. Milton met with a doctor and learned that he was facing a crippling neuropathy; his alcoholism had led to a loss of neural connections between his brain and his muscles. Milton lost his ability to walk and became a wheelchair bound alcoholic beggar on the streets of São Paulo with no perspective on how to pursue anything else.One day a man named Marcos Bireli approached Milton and asked him if he would like to come live in a residential rehab community. Milton eagerly and immediately accepted. For the next year and six months Milton took part of the "Cidade das Estrelas" (City of the Stars) therapeutic community. He worked to stimulate his wanning nerve connections and sought to understand the meaning and worth of life. Learning about God’s goodwill towards him was very restorative to Milton and he gratefully received all that he was given.As with many of our residents, Milton came to us for help with the next steps and reintegration into society. Rehab communities are wonderful, but they are remotely located and unable to help their residents to progress towards independence. Before Milton came to CL we expressed some concern, unsure if our facilities and our reliance on resident's autonomy would be unrealistic for him, considering his condition. He responded to these concerns by sending us video recordings of himself transferring independently from his wheelchair to a walker, completing basic chores like washing clothes, mopping floors, and helping prepare lunch; and we received these videos nearly daily until we were able to arrange for his entry into CL.  Since becoming a resident Milton has spent his days at our urban farm proving each day that he is able to do more than we could have imagined. He has become skilled at pulling weeds with a hoe from his wheelchair, seeding new crops, and washing the dishes for the farm crew after lunch. He contributes to our morning devotionals and challenges himself to walk more and more each day with his walker. What most impresses me is that I see no disgust or despair in Milton, which I’m afraid would be my downfall if I were in his shoes. Rather, he displays an ever present relief and a hunger to take part in all that he can; he has started physical therapy sessions, enrolled himself in adult education classes, and is pursuing treatment with a neurologist. Milton reflecting on this moment in his life says, “The house (Crescimento Limpo) is offering me the opportunity that I wanted! I’m very grateful to everyone who has contributed to my growth. I will always carry this phrase, 'From Genesis to Revelation, God didn’t lose a single battle, so it’s not going to be my battle that He will lose'.” 
We are finishing a video testimonial by Milton and will make it available here shortly. But for now we want to say thank you! Your support towards the ministry of Crescimento Limpo is what makes stories like these possible!

Milton, proud to live a new story
Milton, proud to live a new story
Streangthening his walk every day
Streangthening his walk every day
Milton working the CL Farm
Milton working the CL Farm
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Nov 21, 2020
Previously homeless, now serving those who come.

By Mark Kaiser | Founder and Director of Crescimento Limpo

Jul 28, 2020
Finding a path forward in a strange year

By Mark Kaiser | Founder, Director

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Associacao Crescimento Limpo

Location: Itu - Brazil
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Project Leader:
Mark Kaiser
Itu , Sao Paulo Brazil

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