Stories of Homelessness: Brittany

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Who would have thought that something as simple as making a bed every day could be so life-changing?”

Manchester, Kentucky – November 2020

My name is Brittany. I have struggled with substance abuse for most of my life and through all four of my pregnancies. I was later told that I was battling substance abuse disorder—a disease I’d been living with for most of my life after experiencing trauma at a very young age. Seeking drugs was my way of battling the depression. After years of addiction and struggling to keep custody of my children, I was ready for a change. Freedom House was that change I needed.

I surrendered everything and the next thing I knew, two months later and I had enrolled in school and had custody of three of my four children. Once I was in Freedom House, things began to fall into place for me. I owe my life to this program.

Who would have thought that something as simple as making a bed every day could be so life-changing? But that’s what I learned at Freedom House. That establishing routines and building self-confidence are important parts of recovery.

Today, I am Freedom House’s first graduate. I’m enrolled in a local community college and have started a job with the City of Manchester. As I celebrated my graduation with my family and loved ones, I know that I’m now on a path for a brighter future.

My mom tells me she’s very proud of me. This is the first time in a very long time that anyone has told me that they’re proud of me and now I see myself doing something to help other people like me. I’ll get there one day.

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