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November 27, 2018
I came to LAHIA three years ago intending to sell drugs to support my addiction. I had lost all hope in people and in my own life. I lived in the woods, ran the streets, and forgot what it
was to feel. I tried to take my own life a few times. I was the person you told your kids not to become. I hated the person I was. I didn’t know who I was looking at when I looked into a
mirror. I had so much hate, anger and resentment in my heart. There was no chance of hope for me to live a normal life.
But the team at LAHIA saw something inside me that I couldn’t see in myself. They never gave up on me. I fought them the whole way but they refused to give up on me. I’ve been to jail
several times. They wrote me letters. Two o’clock in the morning, I got a phone call telling me how good of a person I was; how much they cared.
Everyone had their own part but eventually it sunk in. I started believing in myself again and finally took the step to go to detox. Now I go to meetings and have a sponsor who I talk to
everyday. I take suggestions and am in a step study.
Now as a LAHIA volunteer, I get to help instill that same hope back into people similar to me. I understand homelessness and addiction because I lived it. I use to destroy people but now I’m part
of an awesome team that helps build people up. Society has given up on these people, but LAHIA won’t. I love life now. I want to live and better myself. I want to strengthen my
relationship with God because He’s the reason this place is here. He works through this team at LAHIA. I see it every day.
I wanted to die not long ago and now I can’t wait to see what my future holds. I owe it all to God and this team at LAHIA. I can never repay the life they have given back to me but I will
NEVER forget it. They have become my family.
Today, I am 65 days clean. Thank you LAHIA.