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Article by Amber Mitchell, Intern
STORIES OF SUCCESS
Simply Grateful: Steve’s Story
Steve traveled the states as a carpenter before coming to the Savannah area in 2007, where he began to face challenges with alcohol. His increased drinking eventually led to an incident in which he broke his ankle. Unable to work, and with a cast on his foot and crutches in tow, he became homeless. It was especially difficult being homeless with an injury while being an alcoholic. He could not easily maneuver to organizations offering free-meals, and sometimes went days without food.
“I was probably closer to dying than I care to admit”
After being homeless for 6 months, he sought help at the Salvation Army, graduating from their CSRC program which is targeted at addiction. This was a short-lived victory however, as Steve returned to a life of alcoholism and homelessness. A friend, also homeless, referred him to Union Mission’s Grace House for assistance, however, he was removed from the 90-day program after failing a breathalyzer test. Steve was homeless yet again for about 4 months. Steve said, “I definitely hit my bottom…rock bottom. No ID, no job, nowhere to live, broken ankle, living in the park, living with a bunch of other alcoholics, dirty, wearing the same clothes for 2-3 weeks. A real dark spot in my life.”
Steve arrived back to Grace House truly ready for change, and has not looked back. He has been successful in his recovery, becoming sober, obtaining employment, saving money, attending AA, and reconnecting with family. Since June 2019, Steve has been in the Beyond Grace program and has now been sober for 9 months. “For me, to drink is to die, I’ll lose everything, my health, probably my life,” Steve said. He is beyond appreciative, expressing that Union Mission has done so much to change his life by offering housing, mental health counseling, and referring him to receive dental work.
“I’m so grateful to be here now”, Steve says.
He believes that having a strong support system, along with the power of prayer, have been key components in his recovery.
His advice to others in similar situations is:
“Breathe in and breathe out just for today, and don’t pick up a drink….it took a long time to lose everything, and it’s gonna take a long time to get it back.”
Steve takes great pride in mentoring newcomers to Grace House, and likes to spread hope and positivity by handing out this quote:
“Never again, will I give up my self-respect, values, spirit, or soul; because of any condition, situation, or misfortune that may come my way. I will stand in the authority that God has ordained for me, as the man and leader of myself and my household. I am the head, and not the tail. I am a Godly man” -Wanda C. Hunter
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