I was on the street after being discharged from jail and had no where to go. I came to MetroHaven of Love in 2002 and my life changed. While at the facility I was engaged with other resident in lifeskills, job training and a spiritual support group. I learned many things that turned my life around. Since 2002, I have not use drugs or alcohol. I have become a responsible individual because of my time at MetroHaven of Love.
My name is Ross, and I am 31 years old, from Claysburg, Pennsylvania. I am married and have a child. I was introduced to drugs at the age of 14 by my classmates. The use of drugs led me to depression, anxiety, homelessness, hopelessness, and committing other illegal acts just to attain wealth. As a child, consequences for my behavior started with groundings, loss of objects, loss of love, separation from family, fines, tickets and on to greater penalties. Though I have ran out of money on several occasions, in 2013, when I ran out of money, I made the decision that I was going to get help the right way, instead of selling drugs.
From that day until now, I have embraced transformation that has impacted by spirit, soul and body, by submitting to the Power of Christ that breaks my life cycles, through this faith based recovery and transitional housing program. God bless MetroHaven of Love for supporting my needs and blessing my life. If it wasn’t for this Recovery Center, I would not be a great person. I love MHL, the food, and the people. MHL gives you the experience of residing in a homelike family setting that does not give you the sense of being institutionalized. I am presently employed and able to take care of my responsibilities. I now feel the ease, relaxation, and peace to move forward in life.
In the summer of 2014, I experienced the most damaging relapse to alcoholism and cocaine addiction that I have ever encountered. Having experienced a life threatening relapse, I found myself "broken" in virtually every area of my life. At a personal place of "complete brokenness," I was was encouraged (i.e. by a group of church friends in recovery) to reach out to MetroHaven of Love. MHL was described to me as a Christ Centered/Transitional Residence "covered by Christ" with an atmosphere of peace and committed to a holistic approach to recovery for individuals who struggle with chemical dependencies and life issues.
While at MHL, I have been given the opportunity to totally restructure and repurpose my personal relationship with Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit. Today, I enjoy the personal and professional privilege of "living" complete in Christ while growing daily in my spiritual, emotional, physical , and financial identity and maturity in Jesus Christ. I believe it is best stated in John 8:36 which says, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." Thank You Jesus!