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FREEDOM HOUSE FOUNDATION INC's Fundraiser:

Resident Employment

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December 20, 2013

Your gift of $25 will provide transportation and incidental expenses to help one resident get to work for a week  See more

THE STORY:

Each Freedom House resident receives a customized treatment plan that includes the teaching of job search skills and assistance in finding employment – often through one of the many affiliations we have with businesses located in close proximity to our halfway houses in New Jersey.  Treatment includes continued counseling, teaching of life skills, , developing effective relapse prevention strategies, and defining and planning for continued educational or vocational pursuits.

Joe’s story:  many failures, and then Freedom house

Joe was twelve years old when he started drinking at his cousin’s wedding.  So began a 30-year journey in and out of jail that included the loss of family and friends.  When the pain became unbearable, Joe gave up drinking and drugging with 12-step help. But his new-found freedom was not to last.

 “After 89 days sober, I thought I deserved a treat.  I woke up in a hospital handcuffed to the bed. My wife and baby boy were there and the police read me my rights. “  Joe was in an accident with four vehicles and was arrested for possession of cocaine, heroin, and open empty quarts of liquor. There was a stolen mountain bike in the trunk that he had no memory of stealing.

“Never again! I must stop! And I did until I got out of the hospital.”  This time, he really lost everything -- family, a home, cars, jobs, and his self-worth.  He was homeless, unemployable, and living in abandon houses for three years. “Finally, a prayer for help changed my life and I got to Freedom House.”

After several months at Freedom House, Joe entered the resident employment program.  With training, he learned cabinet building and settled into a job at a cabinet factory.  Every day, Freedom House transportation shuttled Joe to and from work.  He never missed a day, and continued to work in the factory after graduation.  Today, Joe has a successful eBay business.

Freedom House taught Joe how to be a responsible, sober human being.  “My life was saved at Freedom House,” he says.    The job program helped Joe get back on his feet, teaching him not only a skill, but instilling the values of hard work and responsibility.

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Once a resident has been trained for and offered a job, our challenge has been transportation to work.  Your gift of $25 will provide transportation and incidental expenses to help one resident get to work for a week, which in turn helps a resident learn how to become a sustainable member of society.

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