Terry Murrell was a child raised in an alcoholic family. His own addiction began when he started drinking at the young age of thirteen. He isolated himself and lived however he pleased. When Terry’s mom passed, he left Illinois to move to the South, where his addiction followed.
Terry came to Huntsville in 2000 and found himself in and out of homeless shelters. Eventually he became what he called, “a wood dweller.” In 2009, Terry fell into a fire in the encampment while he was under the influence and suffered second degree burns. At this time, he “came to the realization that if I stayed on that path that I was going to die out there. So, I swallowed my pride – one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do – and joined the CSRC program.” The CSRC, Corps Salvage Rehabilitation Center, is a rehabilitation program offered by The Salvation Army in Madison County.
Terry successfully graduated from this program and was then offered a job at a Salvation Army Family Store where he still works today. He has been clean and sober for over six years! Terry is proud to say that he has his own apartment and a car.
“The Salvation Army saved my life. The Salvation Army brought me through the roughest time of my life. They fed me, gave me a place to sleep, and helped me from my addiction. They gave me the support I needed to take my life back. There’s no telling where I’d be…”
Now Terry has the opportunity to save his brother’s life. “In my sobriety, I get to see and be with, and have the opportunity to save my brother’s life.” Terry is in the final stages of giving his ailing brother one of his kidneys.
Terry’s only wish was that his mother could still be here so she could see how “awesome” he is doing.