Jeff had been in a tumultuous relationship, struggled with substance abuse and had spent some time in a detention centre. He was released after serving his time and made his way to Shepherds of Good Hope. After 10 nights spent in the shelter staff were really learning what makes Jeff tick and he was convinced to join Shepherds of Good Hope Worker Dorm Program.
Jeff first found work assembling furniture. He worked out a plan with our Case Management staff to focus on his destructive behaviours brought on by his addiction. He also planned to maintain full time employment in future. With much talk and moral support, Jeff found a Concurrent Disorder Group he was comfortable with.
Good things were happening to Jeff. He made a concerted effort to put money aside with a Shepherds of Good Hope Savings Program and worked hard to learn good budgeting skills. He also connected with medical professionals to address some health concerns that had plagued him for years. At that time, work slowed down and so Jeff decided to complete his Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements.
Work resumed and within time, Jeff saved up enough money to find more permanent housing and left shelter life. He now resides with friends he has made in the Concurrent Disorder Group. His friends take their sobriety very seriously and have been sober for years. Jeff is grateful that Shepherds of Good Hope had offered a Worker Dorm Program for him to participate in. It provided him with his own space that he knew he could come and go freely in. He was able to learn to budget and save enough money for first and last month’s rent for more permanent housing. Jeff also appreciated the encouragement and support that the staff so generously provided when he thought he could not make it.
Jeff sounds quite confident about his future and his outlook is very positive. He plans to make the most of what his new chance in life has given him.
Jeff has turned his life around because we offered him what he needed when he was at rock bottom. You too, can help people like Jeff realize that there is a better life out there for them. If you would like to help people like Jeff turn their lives around click here.