Angela first heard about Ascension Place transitional housing program while in chemical dependency treatment. She was able to move in after three months on the waiting list. Soon after Angela settled in at Ascension Place, a close family member died unexpectedly.
"I lost it," says Angela, "I went back to using."
She unfortunately had to leave Ascension Place to re-enter inpatient treatment. But something felt different this time. Angela was identified as a good role model for the other women, and became a peer advisor/leader in her treatment program. She graduated from treatment in 46 days.
As soon as she completed treatment, Angela found her way back to Ascension Place in January 2019. She immediately began attending Chemical Health and Mental Health groups every week, and connecting with her case manager several times a week. She participates in Community Meetings, and appreciates the supportive community that Ascension Place creates among the women in the program.
"I was really excited to be able to come back," she says. "I feel so much more motivated this second time. Ascension Place really motivates me because there is a lot of structure. That's exactly what I needed. Being here - having the structure, support and resources - helps me a lot."
Angela has been clean for 6 months. She's working closely with her case manager and Child Protective Services to reunite with her kids. She just completed the Driver Diversion Program, got her permit, and is excited to work toward reinstating her drivers license.
For the first time in years, Angela feels hopeful about her life.
"It's a struggle every day, says Angela, "but it's easier when I think about what I will lose if I go back [to using]. My parents are proud of me. My kids are proud of me. I refuse to go back."
What makes Angela most proud of herself?
"Being responsible," she says, "I have never had to be responsible. Believing in myself and knowing that I can do it."