Luke 15 House in the BC Catholic, 20 October 2008
Surrey Leader, 03 September 2008
When I came to Luke 15 House in 2005 I couldn’t stay away from drugs or jail. I was addicted to all drugs for the past 10 years. I couldn’t work so I resorted to crime. I was hopeless. I prayed to God for help. At Luke 15 I was given a stable environment and an opportunity to change my life. Luke 15, daily groups, daily AA & NA meetings, personal counselling through probation office and all the time I needed to feel secure enough with myself to leave the house with confidence. Today I have restored my construction company, I’m in my 2 nd year of college for Drug and Alcohol Counselling. On the Board of Directors for Luke 15 and I sponsor men who are struggling with addictions.
I came to Luke 15 House January 2006 from North Fraser Pre-Trial. Alcohol problems, fines and no driver’s license. 5 months at Luke 15 and completed program. Began attending college. Today I am a Resource Manager for specialized foster homes, a good father, dependable, reliable person who helps others in their struggles. I now have a valid driver’s license and new car.
I came to Luke 15 House in May 2007. Drugs, alcohol then jail. Luke 15 House gave me direction to get back on the recovery path and reconnect with God. Today my life has completely changed. Involved with NA, Luke 15 and its Board of Directors, have my kids back in my life, a good job, self respect and enjoy helping others.
Came to Luke 15 in 1992 from Detox. Learned it was possible to stay clean and sober but still relapsed. Eventually I put my life back together and have been clean and sober for the past 6 ½ years. Working for DEYAS downtown eastside needle exchange.
Came to Luke 15 in 2005. Struggled with addictions for 20 years in and out of institutions. Luke 15 helped me find a new way to live. Stayed for 8 months. Today I’m back working as a Plumber/Gas Fitter. I still give back and am indebted to Luke 15. I attend regular drug and alcohol meetings and try to help the newcomers.
KENRIC’s thoughts on Luke 15 (01/15/09) (Kenric came to Luke 15 at age 26)
I was under house arrest for 9 months. I didn’t complain and just accepted that that was the way it was. Hearing others complain made it seem it was a waste of breath. I used drugs since age of 13. I celebrate 2 years clean on Feb. 18. I work very hard for a moving company in customer service. I am always positive and caring and it makes a difference. The job is physically demanding and I enjoy that. Everything is new, I’m continually learning.
When I came to Luke 15 the discipline taught me how to care for myself and wanted to be free from the ball and chain of drugs and misfortune that came with it.
God was always with me throughout my life, but in the back of my mind. At Luke 15 House I came to realize that God was closer than I had realized. God brought me to Luke 15 House because I needed to grow. I was insecure and here I was given love, compassion and caring. Together, with the staff residents and volunteers, it was one big happy family. My prayer life is great. God makes me happy when I talk about him. I learned to pray for my enemies and let go of my past. I felt the help from the first day I came here from others. After six months, it clicked in and I felt in control over the evil thoughts and fears rather than the evil having control over me. I felt free; I discovered the truth about myself and the qualities that God has given me. I am happy and I know that I make others happy. My relationship with my family is awesome now. I am grateful to God for Luke 15 House. I pray for Catherine (my house Mom) who always expressed joy, peace & love and made sense of things so I could see it in a different way, which made me open up and express myself. I pray for the guys in the house and hope that they will succeed in life with God.