I was around age 20 and working as a sub-contractor in the construction industry.
But I couldn’t work unless I had heroin, and sometimes, I put that before rent. I needed shelter and I went to one, but I got kicked out for being an addict and showing “addict behaviors”. Eva’s was the only place that would take me in my current condition. I liked it there because there was privacy and the staff treated me as a client, not a child or “whiny teen”, but as someone going through a crisis. They did everything to help me as soon as I arrived.
Eva’s gave me respect, dignity, and safety. I was able to keep away from people in the drug scene keeping me addicted and break out of that cycle and get into a drug treatment program. I just realized if I weren’t at Eva’s, I might not have gotten that treatment. It was rocky at first, but now I can look back two years and find no illicit drug use! Thank you, Eva’s!
– Michael, Former Eva’s Resident and SPOT Peer Volunteer