The clue is definitely in the title, Homes of Hope is a place of warmth and sanctuary, I had a place to live before I became a resident, but it wasn’t a home and there was certainly little hope in my life prior to moving in.
Home is a place to feel safe, secure, valued and accepted, I was able with the support of Gary the volunteers and the other residents to slowly build my self-esteem, confidence and work on my addiction issues. It was hard at times and when I felt like giving in I was challenged to face my fears, fears that had held me back my whole life.
Change is sometimes the hardest thing, especially when you have been entrenched in a negative lifestyle for years, but with the love and support of genuine caring people nobody is a lost cause and change is possible and wonderful, I have witnessed this first hand with myself and my friends I had the pleasure of sharing Homes of Hope with.
I am now working full time in a profession that I always wanted to work in but never anticipated I would, I am living in my own home something that seemed a million miles away only a year ago.