The best way to tell you about Missions Inc. is to tell you about the men, women and children who stay at our programs. Their inspirational stories will illustrate the services we provide and the impact we have on the lives of those who walk through our doors each year.
Kathleen's addiction began with a single bottle of beer given to her on the night of her tenth grade Sadie Hawkins dance. By the time she should have been attending her senior prom, Kathleen's drinking had spiraled so far out of control that she had dropped out of high school and was homeless and estranged from her family.
After several years of being in and out of shelters, hospitals, detoxification centers, and treatment programs, Kathleen moved into Hart House. While there, Kathleen completed her GED, repaired her relationship with her parents and sister, and found the resources she needed to maintain her sobriety. At the end of her six-month stay, Kathleen was applying for admission to local colleges and had found supportive long-term housing so she could continue to work on her sobriety while attending school.
Kathellen continues to attend AA meetings at Hart House and is now close to celebrating two years of recovery.
Robert struggled with alcoholism for most of his life, having been through treatment several times but always finding that maintaining his sobriety was especially difficult. After discovering that his alcoholism had caused him to develop high blood pressure and liver disease, Robert decided he needed longer-term support. Two months after completing his last treatment program, robert moved into Mission Lodge.
While at Mission Lodge, Robert entered the work program. He soon became a leader, mentoring other residents and providing ongoing peer support. Robert had made a commitment to change his life, and being at Mission Lodge and participating in the work program afforded him the time to do so. After two years, Robert was ready to take the next step and move into Smith Lodge, where he could find the support and time to transition into permanent housing and employment.
Robert's stay at Smith Lodge was shorter than at Mission Lodge. Within only a few months, he was able to find a job and apartment. It has been almost a year since he left the program, and not only is Robert still employed, his health has improved significantly and he is three years sober. He continues to be a leader at his job, and at his AA groups.
Three days after her boyfriend assaulted her in front of their eleven month old baby, Stacy arrived at Home Free Shelter. She was scared, alone, and unsure of how she would pick up the pieces of her life. When the police arrested her abuser, Stacy's daughter, Lily, was placed in foster care because of concerns about her exposure to violence. Stacy had never been separated from her daughter before and she was frightened and confused. Advocates at Home Free worked with Stacy and over the next few weeks helped her understand and navigate the legal system. Following a hearing, Stacy and Lily were reunited.
Stacy availed herself of the services at Home Free, including childcare, parenting groups, advocacy, and support. She worked hard to find a job and housing. To ensure that both she and Lily could live in safety, Stacy and her Community Program advocate worked with the prosecutor to secure a conviction, preventing her boyfriend from coming after her again.
While at Home Free, Lily celebrated her first birthday and Stacy made a promise that her second birthday would be celebrated in their own home. Two months later, Stacy and Lily moved into transitional housing and Stacy was well on her way to obtaining full-time employment, and keeping her promise to Lily.