December 1, 2009
I am a former resident of the Open Door and Next Door Shelters. The program helped transform my life by providing support when and where I needed it. It also facilitated many of my early-recovery growing pains that were necessary for me to become a whole person. I had lived at the shelter for six months and saved enough money to move into one of their community houses. I was asked to be the house leader and I gladly accepted this responsibility. The part that helped me grow was when I had to ask two of the residents to leave because they weren't staying substance free. They were my friends and I had to choose between them and my own recovery. Thankfully, I chose recovery! This is only one example of how the safe environment of the Open Door and Next Door helped me become who I am today. I am currently a board member and also volunteer where I can for them. Being on the board has given me a wider perspective as I feel I help them understand the homeless perspective. One thing that stands out in my mind is that somewhere over 90% of the money that is donated goes directly back into the program... The people who work for the Open Door and Next Door are truly dedicated to helping.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
dedicated. Everyone is working to help better the lives of people who just need that boost up.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Client Served & I have gone from homeless client to board member.