Transitioning Back into Life
I’ve had a lot of obstacles to overcome in my life. My path through addiction has been long and challenging to say the least. I hurt a lot of people, not just myself, but my family and my community. I’ve been to jail and rehab all more than once.
Arapahoe House has made all the difference in my life. After getting sober through my second stint in a residential treatment program for women and children called the Haven, and Arapahoe House’s Transitional Housing for Families program, I’m now celebrating 6 years of sobriety. It’s been amazing to take the next step in recovery: getting my own place. The stability a home provides for my 10 year old daughter and three nephews is important. With my criminal background, it’s very hard for me to rent a place. But, my current property manager said she wouldn’t have known that’s who I was because I am so focused on the positive now.
My Mom passed away recently and I didn’t think I would make it. It was really hard for me. Something like this would have pushed me into using. This time I had support I needed to stay sober. Arapahoe House helped me so much on a daily basis, even if it’s just being able to talk to someone for support.
Today, I am taking care of my daughter and three nephews while going to the University of Phoenix to get a degree in human services management. I don’t have to worry about the police and about going to jail anymore, or wondering where I am going to get my drugs. I love my life; I am helping others and I have people appreciating and helping me. That’s what keeps me going.
The Family Transitional Housing Program provides rental assistance for 18 families, who can be housed from 6 to 24 months depending on individual needs while receiving intensive case management services from agency staff.