Patty came to know friendship House at least five years ago. Our Men’s house manager said she had been around at least as long as she has worked here and that has been just over five years.
Patty and her boyfriend John are both staying in our Shelters and doing incredibly well at moving toward self sufficiency. They have both been clean for over 100 days now and are determined to get their lives back.
They will have housing soon and when they do have a home they will be able to work toward getting their children back. They both have children from previous relationships.
Patty’s life started out very rough. She had been kicked out of her mothers house when she was 12 years old and in order to survive she had to find somewhere to live. She is now 38 years old.
The place she found was with drug dealers and that was her first introduction to drugs. She started on meth amphetamine and later added heroin.
When she came to Friendship House for the services we provide like our meal service and donation room, she could not stay in our shelter, because she was not clean and sober.
One day she and John got very sick and needed to go to the hospital. They spent several days in the hospital and when they left they decided that something needed to change, that they were done with the life of drugs and homelessness.
They came to Friendship House this time for shelter. They found a place to heal and start to put the pieces back together.
It will be just a couple of short weeks until their time in the shelter is over. It has been almost 90 days and they have come so far. We couldn’t be prouder of the progress they have made and the determination they exhibit.
Patty Is determined to not let them be on the street again and will do everything in her power to make sure she and John are safe. They don’t want to go back to the life they had and Friendship House will be there for support even after they leave us.♥
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