She Never Knew What Tomorrow Would Bring
What does it mean to hit rock bottom? For Susie, it was being unemployed, drinking regularly and about to experience foreclosure. She eventually lost her home and knew that things needed to change. The first step was checking herself into rehab. After four weeks, Susie transitioned from the rehabilitation facility to the Salvation Army. It took seven months, but she finally was placed into housing of her own. Housing which she has retained to this day.
For Susie, being homeless was terrifying. She never knew what tomorrow would bring. It forced her to put trust in others which was admittedly a new concept for her. Being homeless changed everything for Susie. It was like starting over from nothing. However, she realized that she was not alone in her struggle. There were people and programs already in place to help her through the difficulties and get her back on her feet.
Susie says that the programs at the Salvation Army gave her life the structure necessary to help her stay clean and moving forward. She credits Tony Grubaugh and the Salvation Army for helping her in countless ways.
Susie learned that not all the homeless are addicts or alcoholics. She met many that were escaping spousal abuse, got in over their heads in debt or just fell on hard times and needed a hand up. Whatever their stories, they all ended up in the same place. Susie fervently believes that no one should have to live on the street. She also is adamant that homelessness is a community wide issue and that if people want to end it, they have to get involved.
Susie’s life is a far cry from what it used to be. She has money in the bank, food on the table and responsibilities. She says that she may no longer have a house, but she is very fortunate to have a home.
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