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Suzie's Story

Suzie came to Regeneration over seven years ago, in the midst of struggling with homelessness and addiction. With the way her addiction took over all aspects of her life, she ran into trouble with the criminal justice system and was chronically homeless.

Life on the street was lonely, without clear direction.

When Suzie came to Regeneration, she found that despite her situation, she was welcomed into a caring community. The community at Regeneration were there for her, even during her life’s most turbulent and harrowing events.

Approximately eight months ago, Suzie experienced a trauma unlike anything she’d experienced before. She almost overdosed and anxiety overwhelmed her shaking body and mind.

A staff member recognized the symptoms of overdose. This was a medical emergency. Without hesitation, she dialed 911. Thankfully, paramedics arrived in time to administer appropriate aid and rushed her to the hospital to receive the care she needed.

“The first time I realized I needed to get clean was the day I overdosed,” says Suzie.

That day was a turning point.

Reflecting on her life-changing experience, Suzie says, “At first, I was angry the staff member had called 911. But now, I thank her for calling. If she didn’t, I’d probably be dead. She saved my life.”

Despite living on the street, Suzie was able to receive the support and care she needed to get clean. She’s found renewed purpose in her life by volunteering at Regeneration in the kitchen.

“Being sober is awesome!” says Suzie. “I relapsed once, but now I’ve been clean for about eight months and it’s awesome. I’m not screwing it up ever again.”

Her pride was evident when she told us about her newfound skills in the kitchen.

“I spend almost every day in the kitchen, and I love it. I think it’s a great way to give back,” says Suzie. “When you’re getting clean, you have to involve yourself in things. If I’m not keeping busy, I get thoughts in my head, so that’s why I come in to Regeneration every morning. I need something to fill that void.”

Today, Suzie is celebrating over eight months in recovery. With help within the Regeneration community, she’s also living in her own place and seeking employment! We love you Suzie, and we’re praying that you continue to know your incredible worth!

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