“When I first heard my Case Manager tell her story, it seemed like I floated around the room for a while. I felt such relief. I always believed there was something really wrong with me. I carried so much shame. I grew up in a violent and abusive alcoholic home. I started running away and self-medicating at 13 year of age. I used drugs to deal with the trauma. But I was still paralyzed by the fear. It was such a relief to know I was no longer alone. I felt safe telling her my story. She encouraged me to talk about it. She said – to reveal is to heal. My life has gotten so much better. I now have income and stable housing for the first time in my life. I am so very, very grateful to the Wallace House.
And there were others at Wallace House with similar stories. They talked about feeling safe. They gave me hope. I learned compassion for the broken people who tried to raise me. My parents just didn’t have the fools. My Dad was an alcoholic and my Mother was raised in an alcoholic home. So she didn’t know any better. They had good intentions. I know they loved me, but the family disease of alcoholism was just so much more powerful than my parents love. This is one of the very important things I have learned in my recovery. I was bitter about my parents until I realized how bitter they were about their parents. Today I can be a better parent to my children. It’s never too late”.
Wallace House understands that generational dysfunction is a huge contributing factor to homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse. Most of our clients have experienced some type of childhood trauma and abuse.
Our Case Managers and our Director have direct personal experience in this area. We can relate to our clients in a more meaningful way because we have lived similar lives.
Our Program Graduates are then able to share their experience, strength and hope with other clients. And they in turn pass it on to others. And so on, and so on, and so on………..