My name is Joe, and I’m an alcoholic. I am eternally grateful for the Road to Hope for offering me an opportunity that forever changed my life. I had been homeless for nearly 2 consecutive years, living in the woods, baseball dugouts, abandoned facilities and the like, and suffering from mental illness and alcoholism/ chemical dependecy. Although I had no money to my name and could not find work, the Road to Hope took me in off the streets and out of the cold. They saved my life. But more than that, they introduced me to a solution to all my problems when, as much as a tried, I couldn’t find any. Things were pretty bad then. But they weren't always.
I grew up in an affluent community and succeeded in academics and athletics. I took all honors or advanced placement courses in high school and played baseball at the collegiate level. I had a very good life and a very promising future. But at 20 years old I began drinking. Socially at first, however it didn’t end up that way. Within a couple years I became an IV heroin user and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
With great love and tolerance, the Road to Hope offered me the emotional support I needed to get on the path to recovery. All I had hoped for was warmth and shelter, but what I got was so much more. An atheist when I moved in, they talked of God and let rent slide for the first few months until they helped me find a job. I don’t know how they could afford to that (and perhaps they didn’t know either) and I didn’t understand why. I did appreciate it though. It was at the Road to Hope I experienced brotherhood and witnessed something greater than myself making lives better.
Given my severe chemical dependency problem, they introduced me to a 12-step program and encouraged my involvement in it. For a total of about 11 months, I lived at both Hope House 1 and House 2. Day to day living there felt like being at a 12-step meeting at all times. The exposure to the solution and their support was crucial to obtaining the success I experience today. The Road to Hope also showed me stability. Knowing all too well the dilemma of ‘how will I get my next meal?’ and ‘where will I sleep tonight?,’ I cherish stability today. Having been a taker and done harm to my community during active addiction, the Road to Hope helped me re-enter the community as a productive member. They also showed me the power of giving. Today I find that its in giving that I receive the most.
I am now 25 years old with over 2 years of sobriety. I’ve held the same job for the last 2 years and have been promoted. I will be resuming school soon to finish my degree. After having been prescribed psychiatric medication for 6 years, I was taken off them by my doctor 2 years ago and have been symptom free since. The Road to Hope played an instrumental role in my recovery and I’m so thankful to them. They supported me and showed me how to live. Today I am able to be an example and an inspiration to those suffering- to work with them like the Road to Hope worked with me. I am able to be a good person and a productive member of society today. The life I have today, at one time, seemed impossible. I believe miracles happen at the Hope House.
Hello, my name is Steve G. and I'm writing to relate my experience with the Road To Hope Foundation. After ten plus years of sobriety I believed I could safely drink again and destroyed virtually everything my wife and I had built. I was fortunate enough to get a second chance, but ten months into sobriety we were homeless. My wife was devastated and I didn't know where to turn. Then God's plan for us began to unfold. My AA sponsor knew of the Road To Hope and he contacted Jeff Kamms. I was accepted into the Hope House. My wife was able to stay with family and then got a place of her own. Now the healing and rebuilding process began. For the next three years I was part of something at the Road to Hope that is hard to put into words. We saw laughter and tears, triumphs and tragedies, fits and starts, but always men with divine Hope to be restored to real life. I've seen the recovery community and the community in general step up and help provide for the men "at the house" I've seen the residents experience the joy of helping others. Lives have truly been transformed at the Road To Hope. The blessings I have received are nothing short of miraculous this February my wife and I will have been reunited for two years in our own home. I work with her three days a week and spend three days a week with my four grandchildren. I even get to play drums with my church worship team on Sunday's! It was God's grace that connected me with the Road to Hope. And the Road to Hope in no small measure, has helped me connect with my God and my fellows.
Saturday, May 29, 2010 my life finally changed for the better. Not all at once, but it was the beginning of a great transformation. That was when I moved into The Road to Hope house on 8th street in Elyria Ohio.
I tried to stay sober by myself and just going to one AA meeting a week in Lakewood Ohio, which has three bars on every corner. My sobriety date is May 8, 2010 and I was living with two housemates who were drinking and doing other drugs all the time. I needed and wanted to change my life, but I didn’t know how. I made a phone call to my sober stepfather and asked for help and he got me into the Road to Hope house.
Jeff Kamms and others helped me so much with my transformation into a “Sober Drunk”. Since I was unemployed, without a driver’s license and had no bank account, I had a bunch of time on my hands. With that time, I went to many AA meetings with the Road to Hope guys who were just like me. Within the first six months of my being there, I went to 12-15 AA meetings a week. I got a sponsor, Andy Kaizer who helped me through the 12 steps if Alcoholics Anonymous, and helped me find a home group. By living in the Hope House, I had a support group right there. I thank my higher power, God, every day for allowing me to be able to change my life around.
I stayed in the Hope House for a year and a half, until I was ready to face the world on my own again. During that time period, I got a job, my license back and a bank account with money in it. I bought a car and was able to drive others to AA meetings, knowing that this was the only way for me to stay sober was to give back and help others.
Today I am married to the woman who left me while I was a drunk in Lakewood. We have a house and a beautiful baby girl together. I smile everyday now, instead of being wrapped up misery. The Road to Hope, Jeff Kamms, Andy Kaizer, Ken Dunbrook and many others have helped me become the man I was once afraid of. I love myself today and it is wonderful saying to others….“No thanks. I don’t drink”.
The Road to Hope House, Inc. has a history, since it's founding almost a decade ago, of preparing our graduates for a return to productive lives with the tools to cope with life's challenges without relying upon drugs or alcohol.
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"I got a job, my license back and a bank account with money in it. I bought a car and was able to drive others to AA meetings, knowing that the only way for me to stay sober was to give back and help others."
"The Road to Hope played an instrumental role in my recovery and I’m so thankful to them. They supported me and showed me how to live...The life I have today, at one time, seemed impossible."
"I was part of something at the Road to Hope that is hard to put into words. We saw...men with divine Hope to be restored to real life...I've seen the residents experience the joy of helping others."
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