I used to be homeless. I walked into The McShin Foundation and was able to get a bed in a recovery house that same day. I was given groceries, a bed, and a chance that day. I was able to build a foundation, network with people also seeking recovery, and now am able to help others who are struggling and want a change. Today, I am able to offer experience, strength, and hope to others. I have hope today.
I am very grateful for McShin. When I first arrived, I was pregnant and had nowhere else to go. I was able to get some recovery through my pregnancy. Pregnancy was very difficult for me, but recovery and McShin made it easier. If it wasn't for the community and support I found at McShin, I probably would have returned to a life of active addiction. I am grateful for McShin and recovery every day!
McShin gives me a place that I know is safe for me to go when I'm going through something that is affecting my life or my recovery. It has helped a lot of people who I love and care about. It has brought me friends, mentors, and sponsees. It is the place that gave me my first introduction to 12-step recovery and was my first stepping stone onto the path that changed my life.
By me coming to The McShin Foundation, it gave me the opportunity to grow while in a program. It works - it has helped me. I have been shown great love in this program and have been given the opportunity to sit down and address some of the issues I have had going on in my life. I am grateful to McShin for allowing me to come here when I had no where else to go.
The McShin Foundation has been an integral part of my recovery. I can't stress enough how important it was for me to be around other recovering people at the beginning of my journey. What McShin has offered me is a chance at a new life, a chance at mending relationships with my family, friends who are non-biased, love me, and want to support me throughout this journey.
I wasn't able to stay clean before, I tried different treatment options and programs and I wasn't able to stay clean. Since coming to McShin, they have taught me how to live life in recovery. Peer to peer works really well, it helps having people you can relate to who understand the struggles that you have and can validate your feelings. That's really important. I truly owe my life to McShin.
The McShin jail program (at RSW Regional Jail) was full of hope and gave me something to look forward to. It was a blessing and let me know I wasn't completely broken. I applied myself, chased after my recovery, and was fortunate to come to McShin's recovery housing when I got released. I now have the chance to go further than I even thought was possible. I feel freer now than I have in a long time.
When I came to jail I was completely hopeless and broken. The facilitators who came in suffered from the same disease I have and provided me with hope that I didn't think existed. I was able to build a foundation of recovery. The McShin Jail Program at Pamunkey Regional Jail not only saved my life, but changed my life.
I came to McShin from Manchester, NH with next to no money and a severe heroin addiction. I needed to stop using but did not necessarily want to stop using; not at first. Through the patience and guidance of the McShin staff, I was taught what recovery was. I was introduced to a 12-step fellowship which has become my family, my support network, and my best friends. I am ever so grateful to The McShin Foundation for showing me different pathways to recovery and to 12-step fellowships for giving me the literature and the tools to grow as a woman in recovery.
In my years with McShin, I have learned confidence and willingness, but more importantly a great deal of open-mindedness. I've also learned that if I take it easy and give myself a break, I can use my newfound motivation to accomplish anything I choose, as long as it's the right thing for myself and others.
McShin has helped me reverse the destructive path my life had turned upon. Instead of spinning my wheels, going from one dead-end job to the next, living off my parents, and basically just using drugs all day long, I found a new way of life. McShin immersed me into the local recovery community so I was surrounded by and living with people who were turning their lives around. When I started to hang out with the recovery herd and actually began working an active program of recovery, positive changes quickly began to occur.