Optimism

Jack, a shelter guest at Hixon House at the Haven, walks up with a smile on his face, his unfailingly positive attitude readily apparent to all who meet him. Before the recession, Jack owned his own house for twelve years. He was a landlord and rented out apartments, worked at car dealerships and enjoyed a comfortable income. In 2008 Jack lost his job because the company he worked for closed. He lived on unemployment for a couple of years, while he took care of his ill mother, until it ran out. Soon after he was forced to leave the apartment that he had by then moved into.

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Gratitude

Brooke had been living and working in New Hampshire for about five years when she had her first encounter with the Upper Valley Haven. She had recently freed herself from an abusive relationship. Then suddenly, due to an injury, she found herself out of work. Under different circumstances, she probably would have taken her misfortune and done with it what she had always done; she would have gotten high and disappeared into oblivion. But this time…

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