Over the last couple of weeks I've had the chance to re-meet many of the young men and women with whom I first came in contact almost 9 months ago (or longer).
They are the clients of New Hope...the folks working on their sobriety...and succeeding...in community.
It's been amazing. In some cases from 9 moths ago+, I initially met men and women who were gaunt and tired and hopeless...ex-addicts who just wanted a place away from prison that was safe and sober.
At New Hope Community Health that's what we were designed to provide...and after having celebrated our second birthday earlier this month, it looks like we're doing just that....or better yet, THEY are succeeding.
Here's a quote from a client, Bob, (not his real name): " If you want to recover successfully and you want a place to go where you feel like you're family. Not only do they care about you but they love you like family. They don't judge you and they don't care about your past. They love me as Jesus does..."
Bob came to us for a Bible study a year and a half ago and then he eventually went to court and was sentenced. " Even when I was locked up, I knew I had somewhere I could go when I got out... that had people who cared about my recovery...as much as I do."
Bob took a minute to address me personally while I was posting this blog: " Not only do you (Den) love me as a child of God, but you have treated me as a brother of your own. If I mess up, you'll let me know...and if I do good you let me know, too. You're like the bald Dad I never had...Ha!"
Hey, what a chump....Bob must have missed my new manly Sean Connery beard...tee hee