Region 8 program helps struggling men get back on their feet

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man is helping men who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet. Ray Draper is the founder of Men of the Mission in Paragould. He says it was his life experiences that lead him on the path to helping others.

"I'm trying to pay back a little bit to the community, what the community did for me," said Draper. Draper is an electrician by trade, but after hitting hard times a year ago, he ended up coming to the Mission Outreach in Paragould.

"When I got here, I had spent a few days in jail, my car had be impound. I lost everything I had," said Draper.

But through that experienced, Draper was inspired to partner with Mission Outreach to start Men of the Mission. It's a program designed to help men who are homeless or just struggling to get by re-enter society.

"When people come here, they're depressed and mad for whatever reason that they're homeless. You know, homelessness, it has no boundaries. You can be wealthy one day and homeless the next," said Draper.

The Men of the Mission or M.O.M sets a positive atmosphere that helps provide men with side jobs. It's all to help put a little money in their pockets, whether it's to help put food on the table, gas in their car, or maybe a bus ticket back home.

"I've had about six or eight guys work for me. None of them are here now. They've all worked for me and gone about on their way. The Men of the Mission is not just about making money, but helping people that need help," said Draper.

The program has been around for a little less than a year. Right now, it's limited to the Greene County area. Draper says whether its yard work, plumbing, or carpentry call M.O.M. For more information, contact Ray Draper at (870) 450-9479 or Mission Outreach in Paragould at (870) 236-8080.

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