I hope that most of us will spend the holiday season with our families this year.
Most of the men we serve have not only been homeless, but have been separated from their families for years.
Through our services, men not only gain a home, but are supported as they reconnect with their families and loved ones.
This is the first Christmas in a long time that Russ has had a place to call his own. It will also be the first in many that he’ll spend with his family.
Russ struggled with self-esteem in early childhood. Russ began using alcohol and drugs at the age of twelve. By fourteen, he was using cocaine.
Despite these early challenges, Russ graduated from college, landed a good job, married and had children. But Russ was still plagued with self-doubt and guilt. He lost his family, quit his job, and gave in to his addiction.
Russ tried different ways to recover, but he “slipped” over and over again. It was a personal tragedy that turned Russ around: a close friend died of an overdose. Russ vowed to try again.
This time Russ threw himself into his recovery. He entered our Treatment Program for a second time and worked relentlessly.
Moving into our Matt Talbot Housing was an exciting day, for Russ. It was the first time in years that he held a key to his own home. Russ has been sober for twelve months. He now helps others in their recovery efforts, coaching, sponsoring, and organizing meetings.
The most meaningful part of Russ’ recovery has been reconnecting with his family after so many years. Now, he is able to help his parents with challenging health issues and has reconnected with his children. He swells with pride as he mentions that his daughter calls him “Daddy” again, and that his son attended the celebration of his first full year of sobriety.
This year, Russ is excited to be celebrating Christmas with his family for the first time in many years.
“St. Michael’s Homes saved my life,” Russ says. “They gave me a second chance to turn my life around and make it worth living and I’ve been doing everything I can to take full advantage.”
This holiday season please help clients of St. Michael’s Homes, like Russ, by donating so that they can continue to receive the support they need to be able to reconnect with their families.
Click below to donate today! Donating just $25, $50 or $100 will make a huge difference to the lives of men like Russ.
Happy Holidays & Joyeuses Fêtes, from the staff and residents at St. Michael’s Homes!