With a successful nursing career lost to drugs and depression, Maureen G. came to House of Hope CDC in November of 2011 after completing a substance abuse recovery program with Amos House. While with us, she worked tirelessly with her case manager, Lynne Porreca to get her life back together and start the next chapter of her journey. She earned her Food Safety Manager Certificate, completed a national disaster-training program and volunteered with Salvation Army seasonally as a “Bell Ringer.”
Through her commitment to volunteering, she gained employment with Salvation Army in June of 2012. This new employment position has brought her, of all places to Harrington Hall, serving meals from the Salvation Army food truck. All told, she is now serving nearly 800 meals each week in her community. Maureen continues to spread the message of recovery with her peers and is sharing her story of accomplishment; overcoming a chemical addiction, retraining herself for a new career, and overcoming obstacles to living independently with her new neighbors at House of Hope’s George Galen Wheeler House in Pawtuxet Village.
Today, Maureen is proud of her accomplishments and thanks House of Hope for not just stopping at putting a roof over her head, but for giving her the skills and the courage to make a new and better life for herself. “Today, I’m a much more confident person, thanks to House of Hope,” she says. “Peace and contentment – that’s what the future holds for me. I was never content, I always wanted more and more. The funny thing is, now I’m living on the bare minimum, but I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m grateful for what I have.” Holding back tears, she adds, “House of Hope gave me what I needed to rebuild my relationship with my children. That’s the most important thing I’ve accomplished.”
“House of Hope gave me what I needed to rebuild my relationship with my children. That’s the most important thing I’ve accomplished.”
When asked what it means to her to be providing meals to the homeless, Maureen says she knows what it was like, so she tries to make every meal a good one and make sure she serves each meal with a smile.
“Everywhere else those guys go, they’re invisible. I want to treat each of them with the dignity they deserve – to treat them like the human beings that they are.”
She says seeing the men at Harrington Hall offer her a reminder of where she’s been and how far she’s come.