*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of our residents.
Stories of overcoming addiction are common around here. Even though MATS is not a rehabilitation program and residents have to be clean before entering this program, often individuals are looking for a next step after they have completed rehab. That's what happened with Melanie*.
Melanie had been overwhelmed with addiction to pills. As a result, she lost her job, then her car, and spiraled until she found herself without even a place to live. She had a son whom she loved very much, but she was unable to care for him, so her mother took temporary custody. She had no idea how to get herself out of the situation she was in on her own, so she decided to make a change and go to rehab.
She completed the program successfully, but did not have a place to go afterwards. That's where MATS stepped in to provide a safe place to stay in addition to the accountability she desired. Case managers talked with Melanie daily, keeping up with a plan, including random drug screens. She began to open up with them about her life and experiences during their times together.
Melanie found a job quickly and worked very hard. She even got a second job in order to save more money! She would come back to the shelter feeling very tired, but she was proud of her accomplishments and progress. She was moving through the program in great time!
Her goal was to get her own apartment and soon afterward have her son back with her again. It did not take long for Melanie to save her money and find an apartment she could afford. She is still doing well and is a great example of how determination and hard work pay off, even in a desperate situation.