Ten years ago, my Christmas was spent in a bed at The Healing Place.
I was in the phase portion of the program, grateful to have a warm bed and food and to no longer be living under a bridge.
Ten years ago, The Healing Place had given me the best gift I had received in a long time – belief in me and an example that life could be so much better.
When I was in the program in 2007, The Healing Place served 300 men and women daily. Ten years later, that number has grown to 700. As we head into 2018, that number will get even bigger. The Healing Place is growing in order to better meet the needs of our community.
The addiction crisis is showing no signs of letting up and our services are needed now more than ever. Within the next month, the first phase of construction on our new men’s campus on Market is expected to be complete. That means our existing clients will move into the new wing and our current building will be demolished. Within the next 13 months, we will be serving 1,000 men and women daily – all at no cost to the client. Our clients receive the gift of recovery thanks to the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundations in our community.
For me, The Healing Place is the gift that keeps on giving. Because of what The Healing Place did for me ten years ago, I now have the privilege of advocating for our clients and provide them with the same chance and opportunity I had to achieve their potential.
Ten years ago, I was on an island and sitting in a bed at The Healing Place on Christmas day. This year, I have the privilege of being with loved ones at three places. The child I have a relationship with is coming home from college to spend the holidays with me. I own my own home. These are the gifts that recovery provides.
Christmas morning I may not wake up in a bed down at 10th and Market, but The Healing Place will be the biggest thing under my tree.