The Victory Home a place for troubled youth to find a new beginning


By Brittany Cooper

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT-TV) "It's easier to do what's wrong, but it's harder to change."

For the men and women living in The Victory Home, life hasn't been the easiest.

What they were longing for, they found in the wrong places.

Jacob Anderson, 24, of Jerome says, "I was hooked on drugs, alcohol, I was neglecting my family, foremost.

Roy Araiza, Director of Victory Home says, "I was looking for acceptance, I found it in the streets. But it wasn't the acceptance that I found in the Victory Home."

Pastor Tony Lopez lived a life of crime, starting in his early years. At eight, he was incarcerated, moving to foster and group homes throughout the juvenile years. But an unlikely source gave him the advice that would change his life.

Lopez says "my aunt, who is a drug addict herself, said, 'man Tony, you need some help.' From one drug addict to another, she heard of this place called the Victory Home and I said I need to go there."

He entered The Victory Home in San Antonio, Texas started by Freddie Garcia, a former heroin addict.

"I still had crime over my head for shooting an individual in Jerome, Idaho. So I was on the run from the police. So I landed in the Victory Home and they prepared me for prison," says Lopez.

Now he's reaching out to others through The Victory Home.

" It's a step of faith. We took them in."

Changing the lives of others through praise, worship and commitment.

Josua Mora, 15, says, "with my mom, I wouldn't listen. I would take off."

But Josue's mother Jennifer, is seeing new side of Josue after just a few months in the program.

Jennifer Mora says, "He wanted to get closer to God, his attitude has changed, he keeps his daily schedule of devotions and praise."

Participants are encouraged to stay as long as they need. This is their home, The Victory Home.

The Victory Home: (208) 733-2002

Service Times: Sundays 11-12:30 Sunday School
1:30-2:30 p.m. Worship
Wednesdays: 7-8:30 p.m. English and Spanish

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