“As a young man, I didn’t know any better than to pattern my life around the things I saw: drugs,” Edward explained. He became a drug dealer and eventually went to prison. When he got out, he was determined to separate himself from people and places that would draw him back to his addiction. Edward applied to live at Alliance Apartments, which offers a sober environment for chemically addicted, formerly homeless adults.
“Alliance gave me a safe haven and allowed me to gain confidence in my new walk,” he explained. Today, Edward is in a job training program and spends time mentoring youth whose parents are in prison. “I am trying to give back to the same community I once tore down.”