"They saved my life..."
Theresa Green is blunt about what her life used to be.
“I had no life. I was addicted to crack cocaine for years, sleeping in drop-in centres or crack houses.” Her social worker told her about St. Stephen’s, not just about getting help with her substance use, but the support that was available for things like housing and employment.
“They showed me that there are people who really do care about me. It took a while before I was ready but they offered me a position in their Peer Program.”
The Peer Program has intensive training sessions that focus on a variety of topics including ethical issues, conflict mediation, relapse prevention, and inclusive work places. After completing the training, Peers help in different roles: Theresa worked at the Corner Drop-in as a peer support worker. She was so excited about her ability to help others in her newfound role that she quickly applied, and was hired for, two part-time positions: a relief worker for St. Stephen’s and a permanent residential support worker for Regeneration Community Services.
“Now I get to help people just like I’ve been helped. Without St. Stephen’s, who knows where I’d be today?”