Love and Hope in Action
Love and Hope in Action

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It's gratifying to hear from our clients who have been able to move out of homelessness into a more productive life with our support and caring. Your gifts to LAHIA help make this possible. Thank you!

November 27, 2018

From Bobby:

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.