Friendship House for Me

About 8 months ago I was forced into the realization my life had become unmanageable and I was powerless over the circumstances to which I was living. With no options on the horizon, God dropped a way out into my lap.

After being abandoned and on my own since the 8th grade, I knew if I was going to find help, heal, and get my life together I could not depend on my family. By chance I happened upon a way into a rehab and intensive outpatient therapy (IOP) in California. I felt like my prayers had been answered. California was great and I was receiving great therapy. Unfortunately, I had to end this due to my kids being extremely neglected and abused by my mother in my absence. I was coming home to nothing: no car, no house, no job, and no prospects for the three.

I was due to arrive in Delaware early on a Thursday morning so I made an appointment for an IOP in Wilmington Friday. I didn’t know where I was going to live or how anything was going to work, but my kids needed me back. So long as I just keep doing the next right thing and the next right thing and the next right thing, the universe WILL provide a way and everything I need. Well God must have really heard me, and it all started with Friendship House. Someone at the IOP rehab center set up an interview with Friendship House during my intake and I was accepted!! IOP took me to get my luggage my mother was putting out in the rain. What felt to be my biggest hurdle turned into my greatest blessing! I moved into the Women’s Transitional Housing program immediately.

Since I have been there, I completed my IOP program, got the best job I ever had back, and enrolled back in school for my bachelor’s in science of criminal justice to become a criminal psychologist. I’ve gotten straight A’s not just in all my classes but also on every single assignment thus far. I’m active in AA/NA. The FH staff have helped me through several hurdles as I fight to get my kids back.

I truly don’t know where I’d be without Friendship House. I imagine this must be what it feels like to have a family that cares about the outcome of your life. To someone who’s never had a sense of family, I think that’s been the greatest gift of all. Friendship House will forever be my family even after I graduate. In a world where the system has failed me constantly and knocked me down, at least now I have Friendship House to help me stand strong. I couldn’t have done it without them.

Thank you Friendship House.

– Sarah

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