Our family came to SPIN in March of 2015 after losing our home of 8 years to a fire. Promises of refurbishing the building never materialized and continued to be delayed month after month. After a series of Motels, camping and staying with friends we were financially and emotionally exhausted. SPIN gave us an opportunity to find new housing and move on with our lives. We are grateful to have been assisted by SPIN during the months that we needed help the most. Today my husband and I are both working and are in a much better position financially thanks to SPIN.
The Graham Family
My husband, Shaun, and I experienced a sequence of events that forced us and our three children to be living in our car, i.e. Shaun’s car accident, which left him unable to work. At that time, I was left to be the sole bread winner of our family. Shortly after, I was taken off of work due to chronic back pain. We were left with little money and remained living in our car. Working together, Serving People In Need helped us to become stably housed with Shaun’s new employment. We are currently working with their Career Counselor to build our resumes to find better employment to sustain our housing. THANK YOU SPIN!!
In March 2015, we were forced to use all of our savings to pay our rent as our roommates abandoned the shared apartment. This situation left us and our one year old with no money and homeless. Through Serving People In Need, we were able to get stably housed in permanent housing with David’s full-time employment. After meeting with SPIN’s Career Coach, I was able to utilize the Resume Building training, do interview training and help me with job search. I knew being in this program was my chance to grow in my profession was able to step away from my seasonal, part-time work into full-time employment. Through my perseverance and help from SPIN’s supportive services, I was accepted at an Orange County Financial Institution. Thanks to SPIN and their life professionals with their sound advice and unending support we have been able to get our life on track for ourselves and our family. Thank you SPIN for being the cushion at the bottom of the mountain. ~ The Denham Family
In March of 2015, I was a full-time employed, single mother to my 10 year-old son and was struggling to look for a better paying job to help improve the quality of life for my son and me. Due to past student loans, my tax refund was deferred to pay off these loans. With no other money saved, I needed help moving into an apartment while we lived in my truck. Through Serving People In Need (SPIN), we were able to get stably housed in permanent housing with my full-time employment. I also attended SPIN's Mastering Money Workshop, which has helped me improve my budgeting skills as well as participating in the Onesight program, which provided eye exams and glasses for my son and I. I cannot express my sincere gratitude for the help SPIN gave to me and my son to have a safe place to call home. THANK YOU!
last year i found myself homeless after my husband left me and my 2 children. I had a job that i was working at for about a year but it wasn't enough to cover all my expenses, especially rent! SPIN was able to cover the move in costs to move us into an apartment and assist with a couple months rent. this really helped me get back on my feet. While at my new apartment i was able to find a second job that pays 6 dollars more than my previous job!!!
THANK YOU SPIN! im so grateful
and thank you SPIN donors for all your food donations and birthday gifts for my girls!
I am a single father to two teenagers and in 2008; we were living in Arizona to care for my sick mother. With a promise of a better job, we made the decision to move back to Orange County in 2014 to build a better live for me and my children. While this job fell through after we returned to Orange County, I was able to find employment with more contacts equaling more work. Having no family in the area, were left homeless. Through Serving People In Need (SPIN), we were able to get stably housed in permanent housing with my full-time employment as well as participating in the Onesight program, which provided eye exams and glasses for my children. SPIN, THANK YOU for the wonderful things you did for my family and I. We are overwhelmed with the kindness of all of you. BIG hugs & love!
3 years ago I lost my job of 20 years, coupled with the economy being in a bad recession I was unable to get a job, my 401k gone and our savings depleted we lost our home , with the little money we had left my wife, my two sons and I went to live to a cheap motel for a few weeks. It did not take much time before we we were living in our car. One day I decided to reach out for help and I went to many non-profit organizations in Orange County , I have never heard so many "NO" when I needed the most help,
But after a few days of searching I knocked on SPIN's door and my guardian Angel Annette Duncan welcome me in and accepted my family in their "Rapid Rehousing Program" , within days my family had a place to live and I got the opportunity to become self sufficient again and provide for my family.
We were homeless for more than a year and there is no doubt in my mind that we would still be homeless without SPIN's help.
I got a great job , my oldest son is back in college , my youngest is a 4.0 gpa honor HS senior student on his way to a major university with an academic scholarship.
Being a college educated man I had never thought that this could happened to my family, but thanks to the beautiful people at SPIN I was able to get back on my feet and be a provided for my family.
Madam Jean, Annette, Rosalyn and Kim: I love you all with all my heart, Thank you and God bless you.
My name is Leigh Ann and I am a grateful alcohlic. To date I have over 2 years of sobriety. I LOVE SPIN! They were there for me when no one else was. The support I have received over the past 2 years has been amazing. My case worker Diane Noel went above and beyond for me and was my cheerleader all along the way. When I came to Spin I was broken and lost. I finally came to realization that my life was unmanageable. I gave so much away due to my alcholism, my kids, my job, my family and my self respect. I felt worthless. With Spin's help and guidence today I am a productive employee (same job for 2 years), an active mom, a girlfriend and a daughter. I sponsor other women and it is the bright spot in my life. I am more compassionate and less judgemental today. Spin gave "me" back to "me". I encourgage anyone out there looking for a different path in life to call Spin and see what an awesome life you can have too! They will help you as long as you are willing. THANKS SPIN AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
My Story By Lisa Montgomery Good Evening. My name is Lisa and I’m an alcoholic. When Diane asked me to speak on behalf of the SPIN program I leapt at the chance. I’m a huge fan of the program and it, in every sense of the word saved my life. If you were to tell me five years ago that the perfect storm was waiting for me…that I would know hunger, homelessness, despair, death, raging alcoholism, deafening loneliness, a suicide attempt and finally, fighting for my life in the Intensive Care Unit, I would have said you were insane. My best friend called me Martha Stewart. I had everything anyone could want. Now that comparison only conjures up the memories of her messy fall from grace, just like mine. But thank goodness both of us have managed a victorious resurrection. My perfect storm began with the death of my husband, followed by the death of my mother, the loss of my son, my lovely home, my beloved dog and my life as I knew it. As these events in my life were unfolding I just drank the pain away. I drank and drank and drank and drank, hoping that one day I just wouldn’t wake up. I was so ill-equipped to handle such pain that I could hardly breathe. I couldn’t function. I couldn’t work. All I did was cry and drink. My odyssey took me to a place I was very unfamiliar with. My addiction woke me up every morning at 4:00 and it shook me till 6:00 when the liquor stores re-opened. I was blacking out more and more now. My health was deteriorating fast. I was being admitted to the hospital about once a month by this time and each stay was getting longer and longer and more serious. Each surgery to take out a major organ or to put one back together was taking its toll. I weighed 95 pounds. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. One night I overheard a nurse telling someone I was dying of alcoholism. It stopped me in my tracks. I knew in my heart that she was right. It was no secret I was close to death. One of my surgeons sat down on my bed and said to me in the kindest voice…”please don’t do this, please don’t die”. I thought it so odd at the time but looking back I know now he was a Christian. It’s funny, when someone tells you you’re dying how indignant you can be. NO I’M NOT! Here I was, trying to drink myself to death every single day, but God-for-bid someone TELL me anything. I finally conceded that I needed help. I was released from the hospital and went straight to the Roque Treatment Center to get sober. Only problem was, they were full. That night I slept in the park. I just can’t tell you the kind of fear and terror I experienced that night. I was so sick and scared that I would just never wish that on anyone. When I got up that morning I went straight back to the Roque and begged them to give me a bed. They must have known how scared I was. I can only vaguely remember how bad I actually looked. Just 5 days prior I was recovering from major surgery to stop the internal bleeding. Just three days prior I was getting a blood transfusion. Just days ago I had a blood alcohol level five times the legal limit. Just last night I was freezing and sleeping in the park. Seven days later I was released from the Roque and faced the same dilemma. I had nowhere to go. I knew I couldn’t go back to where I’d come from because I would surely drink again. My legs were still wobbly and I felt horrible. I just stood outside with a plastic bag filled with all my belongings and prayed for someone to help me. Right then and there I met up with LeighAnn, manager of the Lighthouse. It’s hard to say in just a few words what she’s done for me. She has an innate way of knowing when I’m struggling. She has been one of my biggest cheerleaders and allies. I can’t be sure but I think she sleeps with one eye open. We can laugh now about what a sight I was. I often think about what would have become of me if we hadn’t crossed paths that day. LeighAnn told me to call SPIN the next day, which I did. In the next few days I met Diane over at SPIN. I was so scared. Everything scared me back then. She had arranged for me to get a food card and bus passes so I could come see her. I was sure she would notice my comb-over because most of my hair had fallen out. I was sure she would notice the piece-meal outfit I had put together from donations. I was sure she would notice my hands were shaking, my eyes were red and my spirit was broken. But she didn’t seem to. She just smiled and offered me all kinds of hope. She told me I could take as much food as I could carry on the long bus ride home. She told me to look for a job 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. She told me to get a sponsor and work the steps. But most importantly she told me “If you just listen to me and do as I say, in one years time you will not recognize your life as you know it now”. She told me to keep reading the promises and they’ll be mine. She gave me hope. I just started to cry. For the first time in a long time I felt safe. I was just so ready to believe in someone. I had absolutely nothing to lose. Diane told me about the benefits of the SPIN program and if I stuck with it so would she. I’m happy to say we both kept our promise. Diane had me looking for work 8 hours a day, seven days a week. I thought I would die. I was so sick I would literally jump off the bus and heave in the bushes. I had blisters all over my feet and I looked awful. But I didn’t deviate from the program. I just kept plugging away. Finally I found a get-well job, a place where they could appreciate my emaciated look…Sak’s 5th Ave. As my strength and confidence grew Diane would gently nudge me to the next step. She would strongly suggest that I do this or that. I would begrudgedly do as she said, still remembering her words….do as I say for one year. I always felt like I was on the edge of a steep cliff and I was going to fall off any second. But time after time when I felt that I was just about to fall into the abyss, SPIN had this huge feather bed waiting for me to land on. Seven months into sobriety I decided to go after a dream job. To my surprise I got it. An office overlooking Newport Harbor. New friends, new life, everything was perfect. Three weeks later I lost that job. I was devastated. I was terrified I would be homeless again. Then I hear the familiar chirp of Diane’s voice…”OK. get back out there, I want to see 10 job searches a day, I’m going to help you with your rent for two more weeks till you get on your feet, get back on the horse, get going girl, blaa, blaa, blaa”. I could barely get out of bed. How the hell was I going to start over again. Well, I did. I think I was just so petrified of Diane I just did it. She not only made me look for a job she strongly encouraged me to go to grief counseling at the same time. It turned out to be the turning point in my recovery. Erin was my counselor. She is also someone that has been instrumental in my recovery and I am so grateful to her. I can now get through a sentence without a tear when I mention my husband or my mom or my son or my dog scrappy-doo. My grief doesn’t obsessively occupy my thoughts. I can breathe again, and eat again and feel joy. Grief counseling was that last piece of my puzzle. Fast forward a week shy of my first year of Sobriety. I have my dream job and it has nothing to do with yachts and V.I.P.’s and ocean views. I work for a wonderful Christian family who love me. I get to take part in resurrecting two fledgling little bakeries. My boss tells me how lucky he got when he ran that ad on Craig’s List which I answered. I have a home office and make my own schedule. I’m often working quietly into the night driven only by my gratitude for my new situation. But most importantly I have sobriety. I have friends and family who love me. I have my friends at SPIN, with their fold-away feather bed if I ever feel as though I’m falling off that steep cliff again. I can’t wait for the day when I call Diane and tell her my son has come back to me. My best friend that I mentioned earlier recently said to me…”Lisa, what would you have done without SPIN?”. All I can do is shake my head and say “I don’t know, I don’t want to even think about it”. I unfortunately lost my sister Debbie this year to liver failure. My other sister Linda is very sick and her life hangs in the balance. But things are different today. I’ve learned acceptance and more importantly I’ve learned I’m a survivor. And I will survive this too. Thank you for letting me speak today on behalf of the SPIN Program. It’s been an honor and my pleasure. My name is Lisa and I’m a very grateful alcoholic.
I am eternally grateful to the people who run SPIN. When I got out of prison, they helped me find a place to stay and get my life back. The counslers helped by guiding me to find a better way of life. I owe them a debt of gratitude for I now have 4+ years of being clean and sober. My heart and thanks to them all.