The proof of SafeHouse of The Desert’s effective services is in those we serve and we would like to share some of their inspirational stories of youth who have benefitted the expertise of our services and staff.

This is Loren’s story.

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A little over a year ago I flew out to California to enter a drug and alcohol treatment center to get sober. I had hit rock bottom and didn’t know where to turn. When I completed 48 days in a treatment center and was ready to leave I did not want to go back home so the treatment center put me in contact with Harrison House. I got to Harrison House on September 3rd of last year with no job, no money, and newly sober. With the help of all the staff here I have turned my life around completely. It was hard in the beginning without a car and I had never taken public transportation before. The first thing I learned was the bus system and how to get around. I also had help creating a resume with the work experience I had.

Shortly after coming to Harrison House I got a part time job as a hostess at a nice restaurant and was able to plan my work around the bus schedule. I went back home to visit and pick up my car in November. I knew my car was old, with the staff’s help I learned how to budget money so that I was able to buy a newer car when my old one broke down. I then applied for a full time job at a hotel and landed an amazing position where I have now been at for about 10 months and been promoted to a trainer to new employees. With this new job I have also been able to save up money and create security for myself so if my car breaks or any large bills come up I won’t be struggling. I had not had a real bank account in years because I wanted to hide my money and keep it in an envelope. It is such a difference and feels good to be doing things the right way.

I am finishing up my first semester back in college and am getting all A’s and B’s. I had dropped out of high school twice due to my lifestyle of partying and drug use. School has always been a goal for me so I am happy to be back in it. I am going for my associate’s degree with plans to eventually go to law school. Through weekly counseling, as well as addictions counseling, I have learned new coping skills for life’s problems and do not have to turn to drugs and alcohol anymore as an escape. I am coming up on a year and a half clean and sober and could not be happier. I do not know where I would be without Harrison House and am forever grateful for the help they’ve provided me.

I am now in the process of transitioning out of Harrison House and was initially nervous about it. I do not have any family out here to help with the move, but the staff has helped me feel very comfortable. They have offered to help me find furniture for an apartment and also have offered to help with the moving and looking for apartments since I have never done it before on my own. They have overall given me a feeling of safety and stability I’ve never had before and have prepared me for the next phase of my life. I am excited to transition out of the program and see what my future will hold.

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