Richard had lost everything. For 20 years he was living in hostels, prison or in rehab. He came to Trinity, telling us that he was in recovery from his heroin addiction, but it soon became clear that he was still using. Through our coaching, and specialist community drug treatment, he became clean and started engaging with staff and other residents and eventually began to volunteer to help others. 18 months later and he is experience life drug free for the first time in 20 years and is preparing to move to live independently. Richard said, when asked why this time was different, ‘you accepted me back every time I f***ed up … you’re so non-judgemental’
Dennis’ poor health meant he had to stay in hospital for long periods of time, after one of these hospital stays he returned to his council house to find he had been evicted. He slept rough for five winter months, he’s 64 years old. He was referred to Trinity and we housed him and supported him through his ill health; when he was ready his coach helped him deal with an outstanding pension issue, which resulted in him receiving a large sum of money and a weekly pension. Dennis was adamant that the first thing he would do was to pay his rent arrears to Trinity which were accrued during his hospital stays. He now plans to make the most of his financial freedom and independence by purchasing a mobile home by the sea.
John lived in his car. He’d lost his job and burned his bridges with friends and family. John came to SHOC desperate for work but unwilling to engage with staff to address his anti-social behaviour and drug misuse problems. Eventually, through dedicated and intensive coaching, he saw that he could change his lifestyle in order to get the life he so desperately wanted. He got himself into a routine and secured high-paid employment at a bank, however, he was still living in his car. Trinity were able to offer him housing and he still receives weekly coaching so he can successfully sustain his new found independence.
Alan arrived with us as a broken man. He had lost his family and declared bankruptcy. He was tearful and anxious and sleeping rough. Alan moved into our supported accommodation and received daily intensive coaching from one of our coaches focused around emotional intelligence, substance misuse management and self-forgiveness. After a month his coaching reduced as he found more and more ways to personally manage his problems. After just three months Alan moved into accommodation with a lower level of support. He was reunited with his children and two months later moved into independent accommodation and secured employment.
James’ relationship broke down when his wife, who was suffering from a mental illness, accused him of abuse and he was forced to leave the family home. All the accusations were proven to be false, however, the effect on James was devastating. He was staying with friends, in order to be close to his daughter, and had lost all confidence when he came to Trinity. We were able to house him at one of our properties and his daughter could occasionally stay with him there. We supported James to get a job at the airport and his confidence has returned – he now has the foundation he needs to rebuild his life.