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I am 32 years old and I was born and raised in Vernon. To be honest, the first time I slept outside it was kind of exiting but quickly changed into a nightmare. I was alone, broke and no where to go while I was waiting to get into detox. I was 30 years old. I have been actually pretty successful most of my life and all by my own hands.I owned and operated my own welding company by the age of 25. That is the same year I married the love of my life and within the 3rd year of opening we made our first million. We had the fancy house on the lake and a fleet of exotic cars with 6 welding trucks. This was the direct result of two people coming together and taking life by the horns and for another 3 years lived an amazing fast paced life. By the end of 6 years, the tables had somehow turned and we found ourselves financially very well off but emotionally ever getting emptier and emptier from simply giving too much to a company and employees. We were the type so madly in love that we both noticed something changing between us from the stress and long (as in sometimes 90 day, 16 hour/day stints) periods away from each other, it made us panic. To avoid thinking that anything was wrong we both turned to recreational drug use into absolute chaos and we did not stop smothering the pain of failure until we had nothing left. I now have over 8 months clean but I am still struggling with so many things that need fixing and mending that its hard to think about it. I just take one day at a time in the right direction. So when something like this comes a long at a time like this I truly am so thankful for any help at all. :)

Wish List
  • Ipad or Laptop

  • If this is not possible - A superstore gift card would help instead.

  • Either way, however the outcome, I am thankful for the Howard House for giving me the chance I need to live and love again. Thank you

Howard House
Vernon, British Columbia

The John Howard Society began offering services to men and women in Okanagan in 1957. Originally based out of Kelowna the Society grew over the years, eventually providing services throughout the Okanagan, the Thompson region and the Kootneys.
The Gateway Men's Shelter provides men emergency shelter in the downtown core area of Vernon to the absolute homeless who may be suffering from economic downturn, illiteracy, addictions or mental health challenges.

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