I always had this thing about fear of success. Classes at A Safe Haven let me know it’s never too late to learn something new. As you get older, you forget things. A Safe Haven reminds you that you are somebody and you can achieve your goals with hard work, studying, and an open mind.
I abused heroin for 36 years. I’ve been arrested 120 times in my life and have been to prison 7. Of course I wanted to change. But I didn’t know how. Without A Safe Haven teaching me how to change, I wouldn’t be standing here right now. For the first time in my life I have a full-time job and I’m living in an apartment by the lake.
Having the opportunity to be at A Safe Haven – to collect my thoughts, to take a time out, to listen to a level head – has been great. If I were left to my own devices on the outside, who knows if I’d stay sober? I feel like I’m getting a completely fresh start.
A Safe Haven provided me a place to stay where I didn’t have to be embarrassed about being homeless. They cleaned my clothes, gave me 3 meals a day—plus seconds—and provided me with transportation, computer access, and information that helped me find my own place and a job at a telecommunications company.