Park City Man Moved to Shower Rescue Mission clients with love, redo restrooms

SALT LAKE CITY — When Edward Panos walked into the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake the first time, his thoughts turned to his brothers who have struggled with addiction.

Unlike many of the men he has met at the mission, his brothers had the safety net of a close-knit Greek family who helped them get into treatment. Even with that support, his brother Jimmy, after many years of living sober, died of a heroin overdose 15 years ago.

“I’ve always known I wanted to help others who have experienced a similar tragedy or loss, but I didn’t have a clear vision until God brought me to the Rescue Mission and introduced me to (its executive director) Chris Croswhite," Panos said.

"Once I met Chris, I said, 'OK, God sent me down here for a reason,'" he said.

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