If this past year has taught me anything, it’s that you can overcome anything with a little faith. My name is Roy, and I’d like to share my story with you.
The truth is, I’ve struggled with alcohol my entire life. No matter what I tried or where I went, my addiction always followed close behind, dragging me deeper and deeper down.
Last year, my drinking problem became unbearable and I ended up with nowhere to go.
I was down and out with no resources, no hope and no one to turn to. But after 60 years of letting booze run the show, I finally said, “enough is enough,” and decided to seek help.
I managed to get myself into a rehab program, and somehow by the grace of God, I was entered into the Reinsertion Program at Welcome Hall Mission. I don’t know where I’d be without their support at that critical time.
At the Mission, their motto is Shelter, Food and Love—and let me tell you, I have found all of these things during my time here.
I remember one night I was walking back to my room, I noticed an inscription from Ephesians 2:8-9 written on the wall. It said, “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” This message has really stuck with me. I truly believe that God placed the Mission right in my path.
I’ve been living in short-term housing for a few months, and recently I was accepted into my own apartment through a partnered program called ‘Projet Logement Montreal’.
It’s crazy to think of what a difference a year can make. A year ago, I was drunk and helpless, living on the streets with no hope for the future. Today, my life has completely transformed. I’m currently getting ready to rejoin the workforce, feeling stronger and more capable every day. Because of Welcome Hall Mission, I step into each new day with a grateful heart.
Transformation isn’t an easy process, and there are struggles every day. But now, when I look at myself in the mirror, I feel good about what I see. Most important of all, I have hope, and a community that supports me.
I am so grateful to the Mission for helping me transform my life. Thanks to them, I’m on this path towards healing, and getting back to living a normal healthy life.