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This profile was last updated on 4/29/01  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Administrative Work
    New Life Fellowship Home
  • Victory Life

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    New Life Fellowship Home

Education

  • Latin American Bible School
Web References
Corpus Christi Caller Times Caller.com - Flores helps others find their potential
www.corpusmail.com, 29 April 2001 [cached]
Flores is this year's top honoree among the Jefferson Award nominees.Flores used to be a heroin addict , but he changed his ways and now operates New Life Fellowship Home and New Life Church.
Thirty-five years ago , Jose Luis Flores was a heroin addict who lived in abandoned buildings.But Flores has changed a lot over the years - for the better.And he has helped others in the same kinds of situations change for the better.Largely through Flores' efforts , hundreds of people in Corpus Christi have found stable lives after battling alcoholism , drug addiction and homelessness.Flores became a pastor in 1981 and now operates New Life Fellowship Home in Corpus Christi.New Life treats about 1 , 000 drug addicts and alcoholics , free , at its five locations around the city , with a main home at 1207 Craig St..I see people change.This is my reward , Flores said.When I see a person that was on the streets , sleeping on the streets or going without family and work for years , and I see them . . . getting work , getting restored to their full potential , it's very rewarding..He was rewarded again Friday when he received the top honor in the Caller-Times/Channel 6 Jefferson Awards program.He was among 10 medallion winners and 39 honorees who were recognized through the program.He is now automatically one of the nationwide candidates for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities.Five people will be selected for that award during a gala June 12 in Washington , D.C. The gala is to be hosted by the American Institute for Public Service.Joe Gonzales , 54 , said he fears what would have become of him without Flores.
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The home introduced him to Jesus , and Flores started to guide him , and he started to listen.I thank God for him.He's been a good father to me..
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Flores began using heroin when he was 13 and living in Puerto Rico.Four years later , he moved with an uncle to Chicago.But he kept using heroin.For several months , he was so destitute that he was living in abandoned buildings.Heroin became my God , my father , my mother , everything , Flores said.It was a $100-a-day habit.I lived just for that.It was hell.I was alive , but I was dead.I was sick when I didn't have the drug in my system. . . . And I had to go to the street to find my next fix..'A very dangerous life'
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It was a very dangerous life , Flores said.At any moment , they can kill you.You can't live in certain areas.I didn't care too much for anyone's life or even my own.I was blind.I had become insensitive..But Flores' life began to change for the better when he was about 23.
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I was tired of living the way I was living , Flores said.Not long after the encounter , Flores moved to San Antonio and joined Victory Life , a faith-based program that reaches out to people on the streets.That's where he met Freddie Garcia , a pastor who eventually became Flores' spiritual father.He took me to his house and took care of me and taught me and sent me to school , and he trained me for the work I'm doing now , Flores said.He prayed for me and told me my problem was not drugs.My problem was my sinful nature.I found God's love and people who really cared for me..Flores finished the Victory Life program in six months and then attended Latin American Bible School near Los Angeles.He became a minister.Flores came to Corpus Christi in 1981 and founded New Life Fellowship Home.As many as 50 men and women live at the home's facilities at any given time.Flores and more than 20 volunteer caregivers - all of whom previously were clients who completed the home's program - work one-on-one with clients.'Spiritual therapy'
David Adame/Caller-Times
Jose Luis Flores was named the top honoree at the luncheon honoring this year's Jefferson Award volunteers.
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Flores said he tries to instill in each client a sense of responsibility , a work ethic and a love of God.Clients hear Bible stories of people lifted out of criminal behavior through God.We use the Bible like a spiritual therapy , Flores said.The spirit of God changes the person.We don't see it , but we feel it..Working with the clients is a tough job , he said.These people have been neglected , Flores said.They have been abandoned.The people become hard.They don't trust.You need to win their trust.We become friends first.And then , after that , when you made him your friend , you can tell him his condition : You are a drug addict.
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This work is not easy , Flores said.This is work.We are on the front line.This is a very hard ministry.If you're not called to do it , don't do it.If you don't feel it , don't do it , because you will be a failure.You need to want to do it..
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About 60 percent of clients complete the program , which lasts six to nine months , said Flores' wife , Lucy Flores , who does administrative work for New Life Fellowship Home.Flores said he and his caregivers have an advantage because they have gone through the pain of addiction themselves , and clients know that.We lived the life , Flores said.We understand them , the way they think , where they're coming from..
Contact Dan Parker at 886-3618 or parkerd@caller.com
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Corpus Christi Caller Times Caller.com - Flores helps others find their potential
www.caller-times.com, 29 April 2001 [cached]
Flores is this year's top honoree among the Jefferson Award nominees.Flores used to be a heroin addict , but he changed his ways and now operates New Life Fellowship Home and New Life Church.
Thirty-five years ago , Jose Luis Flores was a heroin addict who lived in abandoned buildings.But Flores has changed a lot over the years - for the better.And he has helped others in the same kinds of situations change for the better.Largely through Flores' efforts , hundreds of people in Corpus Christi have found stable lives after battling alcoholism , drug addiction and homelessness.Flores became a pastor in 1981 and now operates New Life Fellowship Home in Corpus Christi.New Life treats about 1 , 000 drug addicts and alcoholics , free , at its five locations around the city , with a main home at 1207 Craig St..I see people change.This is my reward , Flores said.When I see a person that was on the streets , sleeping on the streets or going without family and work for years , and I see them . . . getting work , getting restored to their full potential , it's very rewarding..He was rewarded again Friday when he received the top honor in the Caller-Times/Channel 6 Jefferson Awards program.He was among 10 medallion winners and 39 honorees who were recognized through the program.He is now automatically one of the nationwide candidates for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities.Five people will be selected for that award during a gala June 12 in Washington , D.C..The gala is to be hosted by the American Institute for Public Service.Joe Gonzales , 54 , said he fears what would have become of him without Flores.
...
The home introduced him to Jesus , and Flores started to guide him , and he started to listen.I thank God for him.He's been a good father to me..
...
Flores began using heroin when he was 13 and living in Puerto Rico.Four years later , he moved with an uncle to Chicago.But he kept using heroin.For several months , he was so destitute that he was living in abandoned buildings.Heroin became my God , my father , my mother , everything , Flores said.It was a $100-a-day habit.I lived just for that.It was hell.I was alive , but I was dead.I was sick when I didn't have the drug in my system. . . . And I had to go to the street to find my next fix..'A very dangerous life'
...
It was a very dangerous life , Flores said.At any moment , they can kill you.You can't live in certain areas.I didn't care too much for anyone's life or even my own.I was blind.I had become insensitive..But Flores' life began to change for the better when he was about 23.
...
I was tired of living the way I was living , Flores said.Not long after the encounter , Flores moved to San Antonio and joined Victory Life , a faith-based program that reaches out to people on the streets.That's where he met Freddie Garcia , a pastor who eventually became Flores' spiritual father.He took me to his house and took care of me and taught me and sent me to school , and he trained me for the work I'm doing now , Flores said.He prayed for me and told me my problem was not drugs.My problem was my sinful nature.I found God's love and people who really cared for me..Flores finished the Victory Life program in six months and then attended Latin American Bible School near Los Angeles.He became a minister.Flores came to Corpus Christi in 1981 and founded New Life Fellowship Home.As many as 50 men and women live at the home's facilities at any given time.Flores and more than 20 volunteer caregivers - all of whom previously were clients who completed the home's program - work one-on-one with clients.'Spiritual therapy'
David Adame/Caller-Times
Jose Luis Flores was named the top honoree at the luncheon honoring this year's Jefferson Award volunteers.
...
Flores said he tries to instill in each client a sense of responsibility , a work ethic and a love of God.Clients hear Bible stories of people lifted out of criminal behavior through God.We use the Bible like a spiritual therapy , Flores said.The spirit of God changes the person.We don't see it , but we feel it..Working with the clients is a tough job , he said.These people have been neglected , Flores said.They have been abandoned.The people become hard.They don't trust.You need to win their trust.We become friends first.And then , after that , when you made him your friend , you can tell him his condition : You are a drug addict.
...
This work is not easy , Flores said.This is work.We are on the front line.This is a very hard ministry.If you're not called to do it , don't do it.If you don't feel it , don't do it , because you will be a failure.You need to want to do it..
...
About 60 percent of clients complete the program , which lasts six to nine months , said Flores' wife , Lucy Flores , who does administrative work for New Life Fellowship Home.Flores said he and his caregivers have an advantage because they have gone through the pain of addiction themselves , and clients know that.We lived the life , Flores said.We understand them , the way they think , where they're coming from..
Contact Dan Parker at 886-3618 or parkerd@caller.com
Talk about this story Next Story
Corpus Christi Caller Times Caller.com - Flores helps others find their potential
www.texmexcurios.com, 29 April 2001 [cached]
Flores is this year's top honoree among the Jefferson Award nominees.Flores used to be a heroin addict , but he changed his ways and now operates New Life Fellowship Home and New Life Church.
Thirty-five years ago , Jose Luis Flores was a heroin addict who lived in abandoned buildings.But Flores has changed a lot over the years - for the better.And he has helped others in the same kinds of situations change for the better.Largely through Flores' efforts , hundreds of people in Corpus Christi have found stable lives after battling alcoholism , drug addiction and homelessness.Flores became a pastor in 1981 and now operates New Life Fellowship Home in Corpus Christi.New Life treats about 1 , 000 drug addicts and alcoholics , free , at its five locations around the city , with a main home at 1207 Craig St.I see people change.This is my reward , Flores said.When I see a person that was on the streets , sleeping on the streets or going without family and work for years , and I see them . . . getting work , getting restored to their full potential , it's very rewarding..He was rewarded again Friday when he received the top honor in the Caller-Times/Channel 6 Jefferson Awards program.He was among 10 medallion winners and 39 honorees who were recognized through the program.He is now automatically one of the nationwide candidates for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities.Five people will be selected for that award during a gala June 12 in Washington , D.C. The gala is to be hosted by the American Institute for Public Service.Joe Gonzales , 54 , said he fears what would have become of him without Flores.
...
The home introduced him to Jesus , and Flores started to guide him , and he started to listen.I thank God for him.
...
Flores began using heroin when he was 13 and living in Puerto Rico.Four years later , he moved with an uncle to Chicago.But he kept using heroin.For several months , he was so destitute that he was living in abandoned buildings.Heroin became my God , my father , my mother , everything , Flores said.It was a $ 100-a-day habit.I lived just for that.It was hell.I was alive , but I was dead.I was sick when I didn't have the drug in my system. . . . And I had to go to the street to find my next fix..'A very dangerous life'
...
It was a very dangerous life , Flores said.At any moment , they can kill you.You can't live in certain areas.I didn't care too much for anyone's life or even my own.I was blind.I had become insensitive..But Flores' life began to change for the better when he was about 23.
...
I was tired of living the way I was living , Flores said.Not long after the encounter , Flores moved to San Antonio and joined Victory Life , a faith-based program that reaches out to people on the streets.That's where he met Freddie Garcia , a pastor who eventually became Flores' spiritual father.He took me to his house and took care of me and taught me and sent me to school , and he trained me for the work I'm doing now , Flores said.He prayed for me and told me my problem was not drugs.My problem was my sinful nature.I found God's love and people who really cared for me..Flores finished the Victory Life program in six months and then attended Latin American Bible School near Los Angeles.He became a minister.Flores came to Corpus Christi in 1981 and founded New Life Fellowship Home.As many as 50 men and women live at the home's facilities at any given time.Flores and more than 20 volunteer caregivers - all of whom previously were clients who completed the home's program - work one-on-one with clients.'Spiritual therapy'
David Adame/Caller-Times
Jose Luis Flores was named the top honoree at the luncheon honoring this year's Jefferson Award volunteers.
...
Flores said he tries to instill in each client a sense of responsibility , a work ethic and a love of God.Clients hear Bible stories of people lifted out of criminal behavior through God.We use the Bible like a spiritual therapy , Flores said.The spirit of God changes the person.We don't see it , but we feel it..Working with the clients is a tough job , he said.These people have been neglected , Flores said.They have been abandoned.The people become hard.They don't trust.You need to win their trust.We become friends first.And then , after that , when you made him your friend , you can tell him his condition : You are a drug addict.
...
This work is not easy , Flores said.This is work.We are on the front line.This is a very hard ministry.If you're not called to do it , don't do it.If you don't feel it , don't do it , because you will be a failure.You need to want to do it..
...
About 60 percent of clients complete the program , which lasts six to nine months , said Flores' wife , Lucy Flores , who does administrative work for New Life Fellowship Home.Flores said he and his caregivers have an advantage because they have gone through the pain of addiction themselves , and clients know that.We lived the life , Flores said.We understand them , the way they think , where they're coming from..
Contact Dan Parker at 886-3618 or parkerd@caller.com
Talk about this story Next Story
Our Church Testimony
www.newlife-corpuschristi.org, 27 April 2003 [cached]
Jose Luis Flores and his wife, Lucy established "Victory Life Felloship," a Christian rehablitation center in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1980.
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Now, Pastor Jose Luis and Lucy Flores are working together to build a beautiful church in an inner city neighborhood of Corpus Christi.
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