Homeward Bound Success
Drinking had started early in his life, as a way to loosen up, laugh and relax. Life in the Islands was safe - everybody knew everybody and nothing much changed in the traditional village in his lifetime.
Coming to Anchorage was a very different story - new, strange people and customs, unexpected dangers, different rules for living, things he had never even thought of. By the time he arrived in Anchorage, the bottle had been his companion for 32 years and he'd lived the previous 10 years without a consistent home or shelter.
P.'s wife had similar problems, but they'd stuck together through many a rough time. When P. enrolled in the Homeward Bound program and began his journey to change his life, she wasn't willing to join him, so P. had to make that journey on his own.
P. graduated from Homeward Bound about a year later. P has worked at the same job since 1999, and has lived in the same place for several years. When he was first looking for work as a sober person, he hoped that he could make $4.12 an hour - now he makes $11.25, with benefits.
P. stops by Homeward Bound now and then - sometimes just for a visit, sometimes looking for a little direction. He's always welcome - he's good company and a good man.
He says that every day remains a challenge. He still has bouts of depression since his wife passed away, and the rise in gasoline prices is hurting his ability to get around. Age has also brought its share of health issues.
Homeward Bound is a 25-bed transitional living program offering chronic homeless alcoholics the tools and resources to move from decades of homelessness to stable, meaningful and personally satisfying reintegration into the community. It is a nationally acclaimed community reintegration program; one of only three known programs in the United States that engages, detoxifies, and provides transitional housing with ongoing case management, life skills, advocacy, and self-empowerment training.
Homeward Bound receives funding from HUD's Shelter Plus Care program and from the Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
|Content Archived: August 15, 2011|