It has been a seven-year
journey to get to where she is
today. Margie concedes that
the year spent in and out of
hospitals was the toughest
part. "In the hospital, it is
always hard to see the future.
I had no place to live and was
waiting on a placement to
leave Greystone Hospital."
Her journey was from
Greystone to a St. Clare's Hospital-affiliated program to
Community Hope, where she has lived for the past three and a
half years. "I needed those years in a group home environment.
It was therapeutic being with other people at that time and
having staff support."
That staff support included encouragement from our peer
counselor who shared his own struggles with depression; help from
our RN with medical issues; accessing community-based services
and establishing an exercise program she maintains daily.
"My counselors at Community Hope have always given me
Margie attributes the staff 's continued encouragement and the
time spent in Community Hope's supervised housing program
with enabling her to create the future she now has. "I completed
my Associate's Degree which allowed me to expand my pet
sitting business." That new future also includes her own place.
"Staff helped me apply for a rental housing voucher. I was able to
pick my own apartment, somewhere I can plant a garden."
In moving to her own place, Margie has now graduated to our
independent-living program and continues to have a one-to-one
counselor and the ongoing support of our staff. What inspires
her to keep moving forward in this journey? "Creativity is my
recovery. I sing, play drums and continue to write."