Stories

Read the stories of people, who have found strength in themselves to change their lives.


J.

At the beginning of her work therapy, Mrs. J. was quiet, scared and crying. Only after a few days she told us that she was worried about her adult son, with whom she used to be in an abandoned rusty caravan in a forest. A few days he could not stand on his feet, his paralysis began to pass into his hands. Together with her we went to visit her son. He was lying skinny, exhausted and ungoverned in the caravan. He agreed to be transported to the hospital where he was hospitalized for neurology. This meant a complete turnaround for Mrs. J. Her incredible fear for her son was reduced by the intensive care of the doctors. Our presence at the exams showed her that if we offer help, we really mean it honestly. In the following days she began to fight for herself more. She moved from the caravan to the dormitory, filed at the Labor Office, asked for financial and humanitarian assistance, and met the strict conditions to delay all executions. For several months, she went to work therapy every day and then to her son, who was transferred to a rehabilitation facility from the hospital. After finishing her work therapy she attended a nursing course and is currently working as a nurse. She has a job, my living and the latest news about her son is that after a year she can not only go through a few steps, but also the functionality of her hands is gradually returning. Mrs. J. is an example of a strong and courageous woman for us.


P.

When I was wondering how to talk to you about the story of Mr. P., I was afraid. Knowing confidently how he has brilliantly grabbed with difficulty in his life, that´s precious. And written about him, is like revealing something very personal to the whole world. In short, his story is about how a man and his family can make up for quite bad actions. Under the influence of alcohol, he was aggressive and experienced hallucinations, suffered from depression and suicidal tendencies. Subsequently, he overcame many treatments for alcohol dependence and pathological gambling, until he finally took the strongest will and decided to change everything. He began to work to change himself and to change his life. During his work therapy he regained working habits, learned how to deal with finances, how to handle difficult situations without alcohol, went through personal bankruptcy and began to pay alimony. Subsequently, he accepted the offer of one device that needed a man to help out for 2 weeks - to paint the fence. It is 3 years now. Mr. P. has his own home in this social facility, cares for their garden and surroundings, but in particular cares for himself. He goes on hiking, sports and devotes his time to those who still need that strong.


M.

Almost a year and a half ago, we met Mr. M. during the streetwork service. He told us that he got on the street because of alcohol. He and his wife lived together in a flat, but he was more interested in alcohol, there was a divorce, and Mr. M. stayed on the street despite all his efforts and attempts to employ. We have intensified our work with Mr. M. as he had a great interest in changing his life. After 3 months of our meeting, he volunteered for an alcoholic treatment that was not easy, but he managed it brilliantly. After his return he was part of the working therapy through our organization, where he revitalized the environment of Bratislava together with other clients. He was strongly motivated by his re-contact with his daughters last 10 years ago. Every day we focused on his fears and motivation, supporting him in getting new papers and also solving his executions and debts. At present Mr. M. is in the process of lengthening, has been abstaining for 9 months, is properly employed, has decent housing and is in contact with his daughters. After so many years, he managed to stand on his own feet and even motivate other homeless people to find strength and change their lives.