James Bruggeman was just a kid when he started experimenting with drugs.
A young boy with alcoholic parents, James became addicted to substances that led to a long and tough journey full of darkness.
Like many, James was directionless with no proper role-model to help guide him into a purposeful adulthood. He was on his own.
Even then, he recognized signs but suppressed, that he now understands as his calling to serve others. A calling that he has successfully molded into his reason for living.
Through his agency and thrift store, James is on a mission that is taking Springfield, Missouri by storm.
James and his partner Tennille have given jobs to many homeless, lost and suffering young adults.
Only in existence for 18 months, James’ organizations have successfully obtained full-time employment for several young Springfield area youth. Most of these individuals come from broken homes with parents who are addicts and end up throwing their children out on the streets.
Can you imagine having nowhere to go, no money, no job, nothing?
An avid reader, James also mentors his kids with five main principles and teaches them to turn resentment, anger and hate into love, gratefulness and service.
The 5 principles he practices and shares are:
1. Habits are Key!
Our Habits always succeed. Replacing bad habits with good habits is a key principle we help our youth apply.
2. Integrity & Honesty
Integrity and Honesty is the primary way to gain true self-respect and self-esteem. To love yourself is a necessary ingredient for success and this seems impossible to accomplish without integrity and honesty.
3. Love, Faith & Gratitude
Emotions Rule! Our emotional state directly determines our energies and outcomes. Replacing Fear, Anger and Worry with the Emotions of Love, Faith and Gratitude quickly leads to results. Giving our youth hope.
4. Giving back & Paying it Forward
The Great Secret - “There is more happiness in Giving than in receiving” We encourage our youth to learn this secret early in life. To help others is a healing to the soul. It ignites happiness in the heart. The Pay-it-Forward attitude has blessed many lives :)
5. Take Action!!!
No other Principle can replace action! Did you know the easier softer way in life is simply doing it right the 1st time! Stop wasting your efforts on looking for the easy way out and take action.
Through these 5 principles among other tenants, James and Tennille have saved many local lives and continue to reach out and lend a hand to help many more.
If you would like to learn more about James and the great things he’s doing for the local community, you can visit www.incrediblethrift.com or www.jobs4homeless.org
James also made it a point to say that both of his parents were able to control their demons and cease their alcoholic habits.
*The Jeep was donated by Youngblood Auto Group www.youngbloodauto.com to raise funds to help kick these two awesome charities into high gear!