Victoria – New Hope Housing at Reed
Not long ago, Victoria was in a bad place in her life. She was struggling with a drug addiction and no desire to live. She was on the verge of ending her life and that of her unborn child, until a desperate phone call to her cousin, pleading for help, changed her life.
With her cousin’s support, Victoria took a 17-hour bus ride from Dodge City, Kansas to Pasadena, Texas to find shelter with her family. “I spent a month resting and getting clean, preparing for the birth of my daughter.” Shortly after her daughter’s birth, Victoria entered an outpatient substance abuse treatment program where she received services geared for pregnant and parenting women and their children. After graduating from the program, she spent a short time at the Women & Family Development Center at Star of Hope’s Cornerstone Community®. New Hope Housing Reed had recently opened across the street from Star of Hope, and Victoria discovered that she qualified to move into her own apartment at NHH Reed.
“Too good to be true. I’m not going to believe it until I see it,” said Victoria when she received the news, filled with hopelessness. “Nothing good ever happens to me.” But in the moment when she opened the door to her new apartment, reality set in. This was her home, one filled with hope and opportunity. “I enjoy the freedom to make my own choices, to be an adult, and not feel like I am institutionalized,” she said. “When I look around my new home at Reed and see the beautiful apartment, the community rooms, and the playground, I feel safe.”
Living at Reed helps her understand that the good life is closer than what she once thought. “I wake up at 5 a.m. so that I can get on the bus that stops here inside the campus. I take my daughter to daycare, and then I go to work. I am back at home by 6 p.m.” On some days, her friend comes over and they cook together and watch movies, while the kids play. Other days, she attends AA/NA meetings and other events in the Reed community rooms.
For now, Victoria wants to continue to work on building a good foundation for her family. She also wants to be around people with a positive attitude, as well as to remain clean and sober. Thanks to Reed, she has peace of mind. And, she graciously states, “The staff is so polite and helpful, and I would like to grow with them. This is an amazing opportunity. You get out of it what you put into it.”
Victoria sees herself living at Reed for 3-4 years. Her goal is to absorb all of the knowledge and skills she can gain at New Hope Housing to buy a new home for her and to raise her daughters.
“I know I can do it!,” she proudly exclaims. We know it, too!