Friendship House changes lives. I know this from personal experience.
My story is probably pretty typical for a lot of people. I was raised in a bad environment with abuse and a lot of sadness. When I left home at an early age, I was totally unprepared for the world I was entering.
Many years passed. Two marriages dissolved. Mom died the year after Dad did. I moved from Skagit County to Portland, Oregon, to be with “the love of my life.” When he left me a year later, I was devastated. I went back to bartending and heavy drinking. My drug issues resurfaced while in Portland.
I ended up homeless. I lived under bridges and on the streets of Portland, doing drugs for two years before moving back to Skagit County. When I arrived in Mount Vernon, I was told that Friendship House was a good place to stay, so I went there to find shelter. What I found was a lot more than shelter. I found help and a home. I found love and acceptance. I found myself and salvation.
Friendship House helped me recover so that I could heal. I found a job with Skagit Publishing, and Friendship House made sure that I had clothing appropriate for work and food for lunch. I moved up in the company and eventually became the Circulation Manager. I am more successful than I have ever been in my life and I owe that to Friendship House and Skagit Publishing.
Friendship House saved my life seven years ago. I am immensely grateful for its existence.
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