Miles Besman moved to Fort Collins from Billings, Montana. He spent 15 years working in the oil field and currently works as a fuel truck driver. He is passionate about giving back to the community and spends his days off volunteering to help people in need.

I’ve been volunteering with Fort Collins Rescue Mission for about five months. I just
felt that during these extremely hard times, people need help now more than ever. A
lot of these guests are in this position through no choice of their own, and they just
need a hand up.

I usually volunteer on my days off, so two days and nights per week. I prep and cook the
food, do dishes and clean, and serve on the line. I love cooking and enjoy the relationships
I’ve made with the other volunteers and employees. We have a blast back in the kitchen
and serving the food! I know the guests are eating very well, and they seem to enjoy the
meals. Yesterday, the guests had biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, a cup
of yogurt, and hummus or guacamole. The chefs really take pride in what they make for the
guests. When we serve food, the guests who walk up and say thank you and how good the
food was—every time, I just love it.

This post is part of April’s Changing Lives Newsletter. In this special Easter edition, The Time to Heal, you’ll read about a current Mission staff member and NLP graduate, Eric, whose biggest motivation to overcome a 30-year battle with alcoholism was his son, Christian.