I came to New Life Community last Thanksgiving. I’ve been in and out of programs for addiction and have been living on the streets for years. As I was making my way to Kamloops, I was mugged and beaten, so I arrived with literally nothing but the clothes on my back. I felt hurt, dejected, and hopeless.
When I got to the Dayroom, a hot lunch was being served. It wasn’t just your typical soup kitchen with a lineup of people getting food and going on their way. It was a community. The team at New Life knew people’s names and there was a sense of love I haven’t experienced for a long time. I was asked my name and how they could help me. Ever since, I’ve been cared for exceptionally and I’m working to get my life back on track.
I remember the moment I knew I had an addiction. I was 23 and playing in a rock band that was on its way to signing a record deal. I walked away because I knew if I stayed, things would get really bad. As it was, I did give in to my addiction and it took me from the streets in Ontario to the streets of East Vancouver. You see such tragic stuff living on the streets, and you feel completely helpless. After taking part in various programs to kick my addiction, I’m thankful that I ended up at New Life Community.
You might be asking yourself, “So, what’s the difference this time?” I think the difference for me is how New Life looked after my basic needs first and then worked to get me into a program to help give me the tools to reach my goals. This is an ongoing process, but I’m excited about the future. I’m writing a book, playing my guitar, and am looking to one day work as a support worker to help others like me who’ve fallen and need help. I know I have New Life Community and those who donate to the organization to thank for their support! It’s been life changing.