I am a graduate of the Wallace House and former intern in their job readiness program. I grew up in San Francisco. I did my first line of speed at age 10 and my last at age 51. Today I know I used drugs to escape – to numb out.I was a window glazier for 16 years. Bank of America building 54 stories and high as a kite. I almost died too many times to count. I lost my kids, my wife, my career. But most of all I lost my dignity. How does the saying go? Hitting bottom happened when my life was falling apart faster than I could lower my standards. I was as low as you could go. I was standing over a bridge ready to jump, when a family stopped to help. I eventually found my way to the Wallace House. I stayed at the shelter while I worked on my recovery. Soon after entering their program, I had to undergo several really serious surgeries on my stomach. Wallace House was so supportive during this time. They held my room for almost a month while I was in the hospital. It helped so much to know I wasn’t going to be homeless when I got out of the hospital. I went into their Supportive Housing Program at Cherry Creek and then moved into my own beautiful apartment in the community. Today I sponsor other men in recovery. I also given the opportunity to train as an Intake Manager at the Shelter – skills which led to my current job as Homeless Outreach Coordinator in Northern Sonoma County.
I love giving back. Today I have a life I could only dream of. And I have several years of sobriety and a great relationship with my family and my daughter. I am such a grateful guy.
Thank you Wallace House.