“It was February 26th and freezing outside. I went to the only safe place I knew: the Upper Valley Haven. As I bawled my eyes out, I came in to talk with Haven Community Case Manager Tara. I lost everything . . .job, housing, everything . . . because of my drug addiction, and I was ready, for the first time in my 27 years of existence, to get help. Tara told me that right now Hixon House Adult Shelter was full but that I could come at night to the Warming Shelter until space became available. I was honest with Tara about my struggles with addiction and she helped me make contact with a local drug rehab center. They said I could go to outpatient treatment but it is hard to do that when you don’t know how to survive.
I was determined to get better, though, so I did what Tara said. After a week coming into the Warming Shelter, I had enrolled in an outpatient drug rehab program, signed up for health insurance and confirmed a primary care provider. I felt good about myself. I met with Tara to tell her of my progress and she told me there was an opening at Hixon House.
Now I’m staying at the Hixon House Shelter and it has given me the space to focus on myself. I don’t have to worry about where to go during the day; I can really focus on staying sober, and working toward my goals for the future. At Hixon you have to have a plan for an income and getting housing.
The drugs ruined it all for me. I knew I wouldn’t be in this situation, homeless and living at the Haven, if it wasn’t for drugs. I would have a place to live; I would have a job; I would have bills to pay. It is a good thing that I’m realizing I want to change now, when I’m still young. I don’t want to be 40, still addicted to drugs and sleeping on couches. I am finally ready to get clean and stay clean. Slowly but surely I’ll get the life I want. ”
– Kim, Haven Warming Shelter guest that has transitioned to Hixon House Shelter
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The Haven Through 40 Years
The Haven will commemorate its four decades of service to the region by releasing 40 stories of people, events, ideas, and services fundamental to our mission. We will be releasing these stories weekly, so check back often.