S is in his early forties and has been a habitual drug user for all of his adult life. He has used the emergency accommodation service at St Georges Crypt many times as well as the other services that have helped him to stay alive.
S volunteered in the Nurture kitchen on many occasions and over a period of time started to talk and open up about his addiction. He learnt many skills in catering and food preparation as well as life skills that will serve him well in the future.
We discussed the option of the Growing Rooms Recovery project with him many times, but this would only work if S wanted to do it and give it 100% commitment. He was not ready yet! The weeks passed and S continued to volunteer and engage with Nurture. One day he asked to see us and talk about joining the Growing Rooms Programme and he was now sure that he wanted to change his life and stop taking drugs.
S worked through the Growing Rooms programme and lived in one of our recovery houses. By living independently with other men going through the same issues as him, he was able to relearn the life skills he had forgotten whilst sleeping on the streets and then started to build his life.
S volunteered in one of our cafés and really knuckled down in learning how to cook and provide excellent customer service. After a period of time he was offered full time paid employment with us. He continued working in the café for six months. He then moved to a car dealership in Leeds where he works in the valeting and preparation section.
He is now learning to drive and although his employer has offered to help him financially he has chosen to do this himself. Once S passes his test he has been offered a promotion within the company and he can start to progress his career further.
S is still working full time, back in touch with his family and living totally independently with no financial assistance from the state.
He now supports other addicts through their journey and has become a real role model in recovery.