Shawn grew up in a life of drugs, alcohol, and violence. When he ended up on the streets of Victoria, he wasn’t alone—his dad was there to show him the ropes. “My dad was a long-standing member of the Victoria street community,” says Shawn, 32. “He drank everything. He drank rubbing alcohol. It’s super cheap and has a high alcohol content.” His dad introduced Shawn to Our Place, a low-barrier mission that offers a respite from the street. Together, father and son made a plan to get sober, but “Dad died on the stairs behind the Empress Hotel. He had a heart attack and an alcoholic seizure.” He was 47 years old. Confronted by his father’s death, Shawn had a tough time honouring his promise to turn his life around. But then an outreach worker at Our Place convinced him to go into treatment. After three months, Shawn moved to a recovery house and joined Narcotics Anonymous. He returned to Our Place and volunteered to give back by doing custodial work, which led to full-time employment. “There was lots of support there,” he says. “People noticed I had changed.” Our Place also encouraged Shawn to apply for funding to learn a trade. It was hard, but he successfully completed a Metal Fabrication certification and now works full-time for a major aircraft construction company in Victoria. “Shawn had the willingness to do whatever he had to do to change,” says Bob, the building manager at Our Place. “That saved him. We just gave him the platform to recover.” Please join me and give generously for Mission and Service. Together we are helping people and changing lives.
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