“SG became homeless in February 2017 after losing his partner and children through addiction. SG self-referred to the Crypt just turning up one day, broken and homeless.
SG was given a compassionate bed at the Crypt, SG was in a really bad way to such an extent that he overdosed and essentially died and CPR had to be administered by a member of staff. After his stay in hospital SG spoke to a member of staff asking for help to change his life and this has taken him to the path he is now on.
“I eventually ended up in the Growing Rooms recovery house in West Leeds. This time I made the decision that I wanted to try and stop using within six months. Growing Rooms gave me hope. It helps me to look at my behaviours and how to change them and how to deal with myself. Because the drugs aren’t the problem – I’m the problem. And if I don’t change, nothing changes. At the moment I’m on step three and I’ll shortly be going onto step four. I’ve got to change everything about myself. The first thing we have to do is be honest – we have to learn to be honest with ourselves, otherwise we can’t be honest with others.
“I was asked if I would like to work at the Armley café. I’ve now been volunteering there for the last couple of months, being trained in how to work in a café and cook the food. There was a lot of fear there as I’ve never cooked before, but I did it. Through that the Crypt has given me a paid job, so I’m now a paid worker, and they’ve given me the responsibilities of locking up and putting the money in the safe and things like that.
“In terms of the future, I will be looking for full-time work and living life on life’s terms. I want to be a normal person in society. Normally even if it was raining I’d use drugs, but today I can see that I’m changing. I’m not the person I used to be.”
Even though SG had never had any experience working within catering he has learnt many new skills but most importantly SG has his confidence, self esteem and a new purpose in his life building it day by day.