Hello, my name is Mary Jo. I am proud to say that I am a Graduate of the Friendship House Transitional Housing program. I came there in July 2018. I have struggled with the disease of addiction half of my life. I’m 45 years old and at 12 I had my first drink and by 16 I was an alcoholic. In the early part of my addiction, I attempted to make a life for myself by getting an education, buying a house, a car, and having children. By 32 I lost everything 3 times over. For the next 12 years I spiraled completely down the rabbit hole, also becoming addicted to heroin and crack. In the end I was left with nothing but myself being lonely, spiritually broken and homeless. I attempted once again detox and rehab at which time I was accepted into Friendship House. I am beyond grateful for this program and the 3 women I worked closely with Marcy, Mary Anne and Shawn. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! I know that without you all, this program, and God, I’d still be lost, if not gone! You all helped me to fight and rebuild my foundation to become the person I’m supposed to be; the functioning member of society that I am today. I love you all, thank you.