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Former Homeless Drug Addict Returns to the Streets

Cody ran away from an abusive home and landed in the streets addicted to drugs. It wasn't until he was 52 that his life changed drastically, and now he helps those in the very place he once lived. Read Transcript


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NARRATOR: It's a site often seen on the back streets of Las

Vegas--

Cody Huff driving through the neighborhoods,

stopping anywhere he finds the homeless who need food.

Hey, bro.

How are you?

All right.

How are you?

Good.

Need water?

Water?

NARRATOR: He runs this food pantry out of his garage,

something he started to help people

just like he was 13 years ago.

I know what it feels like to be hungry.

And when somebody cares for you and shows

you the love of Christ, that touches something deep inside

of you.

NARRATOR: Like everyone living in the streets,

Cody has a story.

His starts in Northern California.

I came from a very abusive family.

I began running away at 13 years old.

Being told every day that I was unwanted and I was a mistake

and that my mom wished that she never had me,

it made me feel horrible.

It made me feel unwanted, unloved, all of those things.

And I internalized that.

And so I began using drugs to mask those feelings.

NARRATOR: Cody spent much of his teen years in and out of juvie.

Then, after dropping out of high school,

he moved to Monterrey, where he lived with a group of hippies.

I felt like I had a group of guys around me

who always had my back, no matter what.

I felt like I was important.

OK?

I felt love and acceptance.

Love and acceptance.

NARRATOR: He also started dealing cocaine.

I could go out and buy anything that I wanted to buy.

But that's not happiness.

You know, it only makes you happy for a minute.

NARRATOR: Over the next 27 years, Cody spent a lot of time

in jail.

He also developed an addiction to heroin.

Drugs take over.

They take over your thoughts, your emotions.

I mean, a drug addict will do anything to get drugs--

anything.

NARRATOR: Hoping a change of scenery

would help him break the cycle of addiction,

Cody moved to Las Vegas and stopped using.

But it wasn't long before he discovered crack cocaine

and ended up living on the streets.

I wouldn't even feed myself.

I'd eat out of garbage cans.

I thought about stepping out in front of buses

and all kinds of stuff.

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Do you need prayer today?

I need prayer every day.

I didn't want to live like that anymore.

I had no self-respect.

I even went to the mental health one day,

and I tried to turn myself in.

I said, I'm a drug addict.

I'm crazy.

Will you guys please help me?

And they said, get out of here, or we're

going to call the police.

NARRATOR: It had been almost a year when another homeless man

told him about a church where he could

get free food and a hot shower.

There, Cody met one of the church's members, Michelle.

He came into the room that we were in when

we have our Bible study.

She said, Cody, you look like you need a hug.

And I said, oh, no, don't come near me.

I smell too bad.

And she says, no, you don't smell.

And she hugged me.

And I said, well, you know, Jesus loves you.

And I saw the love of Christ in her eyes,

that it was complete, total honesty along

with complete, total love.

NARRATOR: As Cody started going to the church,

he was accepted with open arms.

They didn't treat me like I was nobody.

They didn't treat me like I didn't matter.

They showed me love.

They showed me grace. (VOICE TREMBLING)

They showed me mercy.

NARRATOR: One night, he went back to his makeshift home

in a patch of bushes and prayed.

This was the place I said, Lord Jesus,

I repent of all my sin.

I beg your forgiveness.

And I began to name all of the sin

that I could remember at that moment.

And I prayed probably for a half an hour.

And I began to cry big tears.

And God touched me.

And when I got done praying, I stood up.

And I was no longer a drug addict.

I was set free from drugs.

NARRATOR: Cody's new church family eventually

gave him a car, a place to stay, and a job to help him

start building a life for himself.

Your worst days are behind you.

And your best days are in front of you.

Because if you've got Jesus in your heart,

He'll make a way where there is no way.

NARRATOR: Now, over a decade later, he's married.

And he and his wife, Heather, are running their ministry

called Broken Chains.

It not only provides food for the homeless

but reaches them with God's message of hope.

I found everything that I had been looking for all

of my life in Jesus Christ.

Any problem that you could be having in your life, whatever

it is-- if it's relationship, if it's money, if it's a job,

whatever.

Maybe you could be a drug addict like me.

You cry out to Jesus.

And Jesus is always there for you.

Heavenly Father, I lift up my brother to you,

God, in the name of Jesus, God.

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