Three years ago, I never thought I would make it. I couldn’t even imagine the life I have now. I had been living on the streets for a long time, and I didn’t see a way out.
I came to Jubilee after spending time in recovery. At first, I didn’t know what to do with myself because I was so used to just going and going. Survival mode, you know? I was constantly chasing the next thing, and then here I was in this cozy house and I didn’t have to chase after anything I needed. It was all right here. I could focus on what I wanted for my future.
I learned how to set goals, make decisions, and take small steps to make those things happen. It was a big deal for me to establish a routine and get organized. I wasn’t chasing the next thing anymore; I was prioritizing and following a plan.
I knew I was ready to move out on my own when I stopped being afraid of asking for help. I was always scared of relapsing and being on my own. But a few months ago I was going through a depression, and I reached out for support. It was the first time I’d ever reached out to peers for help instead of someone on staff. I was taking a risk, and it worked out.
I’m excited to be out on my own now. I live in a retirement community, and it’s the right place for me. It’s still a community, and I’m not alone.