JJ finds stability and a caring network through his involvement in The BRIDGE. “Everyone in this group is accountable to each other. I can see where I would have gone without someone to look after me. This is a positive environment that helps me to have hope that my dreams can come true.” I asked JJ to describe his dream for the future. He told me that we would someday like to have “a small farm, a place of my own, maybe a few chickens.” Considering how far JJ has come in his journey, he just may find that one day, his dream will come true.
“I’ve been coming to The BRIDGE on and off for about 5 years. It helps me with my struggles, with relationships and addictions. I know that Garry (Glowacki, Executive Director) and Mark (The Rev. Mark Stephen – Community Worker) are right by my side. They are there for me and I’ve grown healthier mentally, emotionally and physically. I’m developing the confidence to take new steps forward in my recovery with the support of the BRIDGE.” Jordan insists that The BRIDGE is different from other reintegration programs that he’s tried. “All of the guys have their own struggles but we are all in this together. There is a real credibility in this group because we can all relate to one another. It’s hard to relate to a social worker who hasn’t had the same kind of experiences.”