HeroesforHousing2019

HeroesforHousing2019


My name is Teresa and I’m from Olympia, Washington I am Curran. I’m Peter J Crowley. I currently live in Olympia Spent most of my life and Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island It’s interesting because I’m from all over in my opinion I was born in Anchorage, but I spent most of my time in shell and though home what it means to me is a safe place a place Where I feel safe and where other people that I bring into my home family and friends also feel safe It’s where you feel comfortable it’s where you know, you’re you you know, it can be Can be the middle of a field but in the concrete level at home is where you feel good inside of a structure I’ve been told home is with my family since I don’t have my family It’s been me finding people who are family to me to create a home again in my addiction I had Left behind everything that was good to me I there was a lot of shame and resentment and bitterness and anger new leotta treatment I didn’t have anywhere to go. Luckily. I did have my son who had talked his dad it was my ex-husband and to let me move back into their house and that was five miles from the nearest bus stop and I A lot of requirements for my treatment and it soon became a challenge so I found myself couchsurfing basically in the same neighborhood same environment You know where I was so very risky for me to be doing that Know and in recovery, one of my friends like mention that they were in his program so I was like, oh I need to figure this out so I can get in this program especially as someone who was like Couchsurfing realizing that your connections and having like somewhere to stay is like so important it changed my life greatly I mean in 2015. I was really doing fairly well I mean I could walk to the bus go downtown have lunch walk around for three or four hours The bus was a half mile away and that’s now a long walk. It’s Currently honestly because I know like in this area I would not be able to afford to live here I was able to transfer to a job that’s closer so I can start going to college again It’s so amazing because I thought I wouldn’t be able to go back anytime soon The homes first Oxford House gave me everything that I needed to get on my feet It gave me a fresh start that yes, there were some requirements. I needed to be able to pay my rent and Stay clean in the beginning. I didn’t have my license. I lost my license in my addiction So the house was close to the best line close to all the community resources and things that I needed So within the three years that I lived there that was employed. I got my driver’s license back I was able to pay off my fines and some of the tickets so I was able to get my credit back and I also had My family back and some great friends that I met while living in that house homes first is doing some amazing things affordable low income housing is Really what’s needed in this community? And so what homes first has done is help provide safe affordable low income housing They’re you know, providing a solution to their needed it cause that we have going on right now You