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December 20, 2013
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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.
You can help
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.