Carew Lodge and New Beginnings are programs of Stella’s Circle (Stella Burry Community Services) in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Home is not where you live but where they understand you.
– Christian Morgenstern
In 2008, Corey was released from prison having served time for drug trafficking. He came to Stella’s Circle confused, hurt, and angry. While in prison, he had been badly beaten and suffered a stroke that left him with physical impairments.
As a condition of his parole, Corey lived at Carew Lodge in a secured unit for parolees. The transition proved difficult for Corey, but the Stella’s Circle team never gave up on him. Eventually, he moved into one of the regular apartments as a tenant, and shortly after he was offered the position of building superintendent.
For the first time Corey felt trusted by others, motivating him to make positive changes in his life. He became known for his reliability, thoughtfulness, and ability to respond professionally to job challenges.
In 2011, Corey began thinking more about his future. He participated in the New Beginnings Employment Program. The following year, having gained confidence in his employability, he was accepted into Stella’s Social Enterprise Training Program, where he received training in building maintenance and janitorial services.
Now a graduate of the program, Corey is working full-time and is engaged to be married. At his graduation, smiling from ear to ear, he thanked Stella’s Circle for believing in him and giving him the chance to succeed. Staff were quick to remind him that they provided the door, but he walked through it—to a better life.
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